great hall

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A great hall (room)
A great hall (building)


great hall (plural great halls)

  1. (historical, architecture) The main room of a palace, castle or large manor house in the Middle Ages, or in a country house of the 16th and early 17th centuries
    • 2004, Melitta Weiss Adamson, Food in Medieval Times[1], →ISBN, page 156:
      Even in castles and manor houses space was limited, and rooms including the great hall were used for other functions beyond dining.
  2. (historical, architecture) The principal building of a manor or castle compound
    • 2005, Philippa Gregory, The Constant Princess[2], →ISBN:
      "Now this" — he indicated the great building facing them, with a handsome flight of steps up to the open door — "this is the great hall."

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