mall[ mawl; British also mal ]SEE DEFINITION OF mall
EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR MALL
Aimless also, I turned into the Mall, and again I started at the sight of a known figure.
They walked slowly, still talking, until they came to the end of the Mall.
I told him everything you told me, out on the Mall, the day you came home.
There were more men at work on the Mall and along the streets on either side.
“The Mall is where the fine people walk in the afternoon,” she said.
Hence the Mall and Pall-Mall, where games like croquet were played.
“They be good eggs, Tabitha, and Mall wist well how to dress them,” he urged.
In the summer evenings these fields are almost the sole promenade; and the Mall, or public walk of the town is entirely deserted.
On went Ferrers, and soon found himself in the Mall of the Park.
The trees of the Mall are shaking their heavy tears upon me.
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 French pallemaille, from Italian pallamaglio, from palla "ball" (see balloon) + maglio "mallet" (see mallet). Modern sense of "enclosed shopping gallery" is from 1963. Mall rat is from 1985.