mall (n.) 1737, "shaded walk serving as a promenade," generalized from The Mall, name of a broad, tree-lined promenade in St. James's Park, London (so called from 1670s, earlier Maill, 1640s), which was so called because it formerly was an open alley that was used to play pall-mall, a croquet-like game involving hitting a ball with a mallet through a ring, from Fr. pallemaille, from It. pallamaglio, from palla "ball" (see BALLOON (Cf. balloon)) + maglio "mallet" (see MALLET (Cf. mallet)). Modern sense of "enclosed shopping gallery" is from 1963. Mall rat is from 1985.

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  • mall — [mo:l, mæl US mo:l] n especially AmE [Date: 1700 1800; Origin: mall long path used for playing a game called pall mall (17 19 centuries)] a large area where there are a lot of shops, usually a covered area where cars are not allowed = ↑shopping… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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  • Mall — (m[add]l), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Malled} (m[add]ld); p. pr. & vb. n. {Malling}.] [Cf. OF. mailler. See {Mall} beetle, and cf. {Malleate}.] To beat with a mall; to beat with something heavy; to bruise; to maul. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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