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hall (hôl)
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n.
1. A corridor or passageway in a building.
2. A large entrance room or vestibule in a building; a lobby.
3.
a. A building for public gatherings or entertainments.
b. The large room in which such events are held.
4. A building used for the gatherings and social activities of a church, fraternal order, or other organization.
5.
a. A building belonging to a school, college, or university that provides classroom, dormitory, or dining facilities.
b. A large room in such a building.
c. The group of students using such a building: The entire hall stayed up late studying.
d. Chiefly British A meal served in such a building.
6. The main house on a landed estate.
7.
a. The castle or house of a medieval monarch or noble.
b. The principal room in such a castle or house, used for dining, entertaining, and sleeping.

[Middle English halle, large residence, from Old English heall; see kel-1 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]

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Hall (hôl), Charles Francis 1821-1871.
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American explorer who led three expeditions to the Arctic (1860-1862, 1864-1869, and 1871).

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Hall, Donald Andrew, Jr. Born 1928.
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American writer of poems, essays, stories, and memoirs. He was named US poet laureate in 2006.

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Hall, (Marguerite) Radclyffe 1886?-1943.
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British writer whose novel The Well of Loneliness (1928) was originally banned as obscene in Great Britain and the United States.

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Hall, Granville Stanley 1844-1924.
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American psychologist who established an experimental psychology laboratory at Johns Hopkins University (1882), founded child psychology, and profoundly influenced educational psychology.

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