hall noun

1 inside the front entrance of a house/building

ADJ. entrance | reception | narrow | dark, darkened, unlit He hurried them along the narrow, dark hall.

VERB + HALL lead to The hall led to a locked door.

PREP. across the ~ the room across the hall | along the ~, at/to the end of the ~, down the ~ There were strange noises coming from the room down the hall. | in the ~

2 building/large room

ADJ. cavernous, huge, spacious, vast | magnificent | bare Our voices echoed round the huge bare hall. | gloomy | cold, draughty | crowded, packed | main More than 200 members of the public packed the main hall at the community centre. | baronial, great | assembly, conference, congress, meeting | booking, ticket | banquet, banqueting, dining | concert, dance, examination, exhibition, lecture, market, sports | church, city, communal, community, council, county, parish, public, school, village | bingo, pool, snooker

VERB + HALL crowd into, fill, pack The strains of the national anthem filled the hall.

PREP. in the ~, into the ~, through the ~ His voice echoed through the hall.

PHRASES hall of residence Most first-year students live in the halls of residence.