1 an interior passage or corridor onto which rooms open; "the elevators were at the end of the hall" [syn: hallway]
2 a large entrance or reception room or area [syn: anteroom, antechamber, entrance hall, foyer, lobby, vestibule]
3 a large room for gatherings or entertainment; "lecture hall"; "pool hall"
4 a college or university building containing living quarters for students [syn: dormitory, dorm, residence hall, student residence]
5 the large room of a manor or castle [syn: manor hall]
6 English writer whose novel about a lesbian relationship was banned in Britain for many years (1883-1943) [syn: Radclyffe Hall, Marguerite Radclyffe Hall]
7 United States child psychologist whose theories of child psychology strongly influenced educational psychology (1844-1924) [syn: G. Stanley Hall, Granville Stanley Hall]
8 United States chemist who developed an economical method of producing aluminum from bauxite (1863-1914) [syn: Charles Martin Hall]
9 United States explorer who led three expeditions to the Arctic (1821-1871) [syn: Charles Francis Hall]
10 United States astronomer who discovered Phobos and Deimos (the two satellites of Mars) (1829-1907) [syn: Asaph Hall]
12 a large building used by a college or university for teaching or research; "halls of learning"
13 a large building for meetings or entertainment
- A corridor; a
- The drinking fountain was out in the hall.
- A meeting
- The hotel had three halls for conferences, and two were in use by the convention.
- A manor house.
- The duke lived in a great hall overlooking the sea.
- A building providing student accommodation at a university.
- The student government hosted several social events so that students from different halls would intermingle.
- The principal room of a secular medieval building.
A corridor or a hallway.
A meeting room
A manor house
A building providing student accommodation at a university
- Dutch: studentenflat
- German: Studentenwohnheim
- Greek: φοιτητική εστία (foititikí estía)
The principal room of a secular medieval building
Nounhall g Albanian
Etymology 1From the same Uralic root *kule as Finnish kuulla
- to hear
Etymology 2From English ‘hall’.
Several things are commonly known as Halls or halls. For the development of meaning of the word 'hall', see Hall (concept).
A hall is fundamentally a relatively large space enclosed by a roof and walls. In the Iron Age, a mead hall was such a simple building and was the residence of a lord and his retainers. Later, rooms were partitioned from it, so that today the hall of a house is the space inside the front door from which the rooms are reached.
- Deriving from the above, a hall is often the term used to designate a British or Irish country house.
- In later medieval Europe, the main room of a castle or manor house was the great hall.
- Where the hall inside the front door of a house is elongated, it may be called a passage, or hallway. The corresponding space upstairs is a landing.
- In a medieval building, the hall was where the fire was kept. With time, its functions as dormitory, kitchen, parlour and so on were divided off to separate rooms or, in the case of the kitchen, a separate building.
On the same principle:
- Many buildings at colleges and universities are formally titled "_______ Hall", typically being named after the person who endowed it, for example, King's Hall, Cambridge. Others, such as Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, commemorate respected people. Between these in age, Nassau Hall at Princeton University began as the single building of the then college. In medieval origin, these were the halls in which the members of the university lived together during term time. In many cases, some aspect of this community remains.
- At colleges in the universities of Oxford and Cambridge, Hall is the dining hall for students, with High Table at one end for fellows. Typically, at "Formal Hall", gowns are worn for dinner during the evening, whereas for "informal Hall" they are not.
- Many Livery Companies (e.g., in the City of London) have a Hall that is their headquarters and meeting place.
- A hall is also a building consisting largely of a principal room, that is rented out for meetings and social affairs. It may be privately or government-owned, such as a function hall owned by one company used for weddings and cotillions (organized and run by the same company on a contractual basis) or a community hall available for rent to anyone.
- In office buildings and larger buildings (theatres, cinemas etc), the entrance hall is generally known as the foyer (the French for fire-place). The atrium, a name sometimes used in public buildings for the entrance hall, was the central courtyard of a Roman house.
Association with salt
From a completely separate derivation:
A Hall is a brand of bitter (beer) made in Germany and sold worldwide, mainly across America.
- In German speaking areas, Hall (with a short a) can also form part of a town name, like Halle, where the name refers to hall, the Celtic word for salt (compare Welsh halen or Breton holen or Cornish holan). In this connection, Hall is the short form of the name of:
Sir Charles Hallé (originally Karl Halle) lent his name to the Hallé Orchestra. His forbears were probably associated with the German town of Halle. The accent was added to his name in order to assist English-speakers in pronouncing the word.
In the ancient world, the Celts were neighbours of the Greeks whose word for salt was halos (`αλοσ). While European science was developing, some branches of it adopted the Greek language as the source of its terminology. We therefore have words like halogen, halide, halotrichite and halocarbon.
hall in German: Foyer
hall in Italian: Foyer
hall in Georgian: ჰოლი (ოთახი)
hall in Dutch: Foyer
hall in Polish: Foyer
hall in Portuguese: Hall
hall in Swedish: Hall (rum)
hall in Yiddish: זאל
hall in Chinese: 禮堂
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