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Date: 1700-1800
Origin: mall 'long path used for playing a game called "pall-mall"' (17-19 centuries)

mall

noun
     
mall [countable] especially American English
a large area where there are a lot of shops, usually a covered area where cars are not allowed [= shopping centre]:
Let's meet at the mall and go see a movie.
a huge new shopping mall
strip mall

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