n. A building, or a large room or compartment in a building, devoted to some public or common use: in various special applications. See below.n. Specifically — In medieval palaces and castles, the main room, often the only living-room. Besides the hall, in very early times, even in the greatest houses, there were only a few sleeping-rooms, and not always these. In such a hall the lord and his family, retainers, servants, and visitors were all accommodated, and all public and household affairs were carried on. Later rooms more retired were added, but throughout the feudal period the hall remained the common center of activity. Westminster Hall in London was originally a part of the royal palace, where all the common life of the royal court was conducted and the king dispensed justice. This great room continued to be the principal seat of justice in England till 1820.n. Hence — In Great Britain: A manor-house; the proprietor's residence on a large landed estate: also to some extent an American use, especially in the South.n. The public or common room of a manor-house, serving as a general meeting-and reception-room, and in which justices' courts were formerly held. A mercantile building or room for the sale of particular articles or goods on account of their owners or producers; a place of sale or of business for a trade or gild: as, a hardware hall; Goldsmiths' Hall or Stationers' Hall in London.n. An edifice in which courts of justice are held or legal archives are preserved: as, Westminster Hall; the Hall of Records in New York.n. A room or building devoted to public business or entertainment, or to meetings of public or corporate bodies: as, a town hall; an association hall; a music-hall.n. The main building of a college, and in some instances, as at Oxford and Cambridge in England, the specific name of a college. The number of colleges called halls (a term which, as well as house, was originally applied to the residence of the college scholars) in these universities, once considerable, is now small and diminishing.n. In English colleges: The large room in which the students dine in common. Hence— The students' dinner.n. In American colleges: A room or building appropriated to the meetings of a literary or other society; also, the society itself.n. One of the buildings in which students sleep; a dormitory.n. An entranceway or passageway in a house leading to or communicating with its different parts.