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 for shopping mall
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Mall \Mall\ (m[add]l), n.
     1. A public access area containing a promenade for
        pedestrians; as, to gather near the Washington monument on
        the mall in Washington.
        [PJC]
  
     2. The paved or grassy strip between two roadways.
        [PJC]
  
     3. A shopping area with multiple shops and a concourse for
        predominantly or exclusively pedestrian use; in cities the
        concourse is usually a city street which may be
        temporarily or permamently closed to motor vehicles; in
        suburban areas, a mall is often located on a convenient
        highway, may be large, contained in one building or in
        multiple buildings connected by (usually covered)
        walkways. Also called shopping mall
        [PJC]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  shopping mall
      n 1: mercantile establishment consisting of a carefully
           landscaped complex of shops representing leading
           merchandisers; usually includes restaurants and a
           convenient parking area; a modern version of the
           traditional marketplace; "a good plaza should have a movie
           house"; "they spent their weekends at the local malls"
           [syn: plaza, mall, center, shopping mall, shopping
           center, shopping centre]

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