1. A building or room of considerable size and stateliness, used for public purposes; as, Westminster Hall, in London.
2. (a) The chief room in a castle or manor house, and in early times the only public room, serving as the place of gathering for the lord's family with the retainers and servants, also for cooking and eating. It was often contrasted with the bower, which was the private or sleeping apartment.
Full sooty was her bower and eke her hall. --Chaucer.
Hence, as the entrance from outside was directly into the hall: (b) A vestibule, entrance room, etc., in the more elaborated buildings of later times. Hence: (c) Any corridor or passage in a building.
3. A name given to many manor houses because the magistrate's court was held in the hall of his mansion; a chief mansion house.
4. A college in an English university (at Oxford, an unendowed college).
5. The apartment in which English university students dine in common; hence, the dinner itself; as, hall is at six o'clock.
6. Cleared passageway in a crowd; -- formerly an exclamation. [Obs.] “A hall! a hall!”
Syn: -- Entry; court; passage. See Vestibule.
n 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,
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
8: United States chemist who developed an economical method of
producing aluminum from bauxite (1863-1914) [syn: Charles
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
11: a large and imposing house [syn: mansion, mansion house,
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
(Gr. aule, Luke 22:55; R.V., "court"), the open court or
quadrangle belonging to the high priest's house. In Matt. 26:69
and Mark 14:66 this word is incorrectly rendered "palace" in the
Authorized Version, but correctly "court" in the Revised
Version. In John 10:1,16 it means a "sheep-fold." In Matt. 27:27
and Mark 15:16 (A.V., "common hall;" R.V., "palace") it refers
to the proetorium or residence of the Roman governor at
Jerusalem. The "porch" in Matt. 26:71 is the entrance-hall or
passage leading into the central court, which is open to the