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[n] mercantile establishment consisting of a carefully landscaped complex of shops representing leading merchandisers; a modern version of the traditional marketplace; "a good plaza should have a movie house"; "they spent their weekends at the local malls"
[n] a public area set aside as a pedestrian walk


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\Mall\ (m[add]l; 277), n. [Written also {maul}.] [OE. malle, F. mail, L. malleus. Cf. {Malleus}.]
1. A large heavy wooden beetle; a mallet for driving anything with force; a maul. --Addison.
2. A heavy blow. [Obs.] --Spenser.
3. An old game played with malls or mallets and balls. See {Pall-mall}. --Cotton.
4. A place where the game of mall was played. Hence: A public walk; a level shaded walk. Part of the area was laid out in gravel walks, and planted with elms; and these convenient and frequented walks obtained the name of the City Mall. --Southey.
\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.
\Mall\ (m[a^]l), n. [LL. mallum a public assembly; cf. OHG. mahal assembly, transaction; akin to AS. m[ae][eth]el, me[eth]el, assembly, m[=ae]lan to speak, Goth. ma[thorn]l market place.] Formerly, among Teutonic nations, a meeting of the notables of a state for the transaction of public business, such meeting being a modification of the ancient popular assembly. Hence: (a) A court of justice. (b) A place where justice is administered. (c) A place where public meetings are held. Councils, which had been as frequent as diets or malls, ceased. --Milman.

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