Is there any differences between shopping mall, shopping centre and shopping complex? Which term is more commonly used for British speakers?

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    @mick Mutual scratching back society. – Peter Point Oct 6 '16 at 4:14
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    @PeterPoint Just sayin' ... and may I respectfully point out that I haven't up-voted. – Mick Oct 6 '16 at 4:15
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    @mick Ah, you're a huntin', shootin', fishin' kinda-of-guy. – Peter Point Oct 6 '16 at 4:17
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    @mick In that case, may I tender my resignation forthwith and seek my own self-scratching-back society! – Peter Point Oct 6 '16 at 4:20

They are all understandable by Brits and there is no difference in meaning that I am aware of, but shopping centre is definitely the most usual. Shopping mall is a little too transatlantic for some people's tastes, but as you will see from the following chart, it is rapidly gaining ground.

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  • Transatlantic becomes trans-orient where I'm living. Here we have emporiums by the truckload! – Peter Point Oct 6 '16 at 4:24
  • *emporia surely? – BladorthinTheGrey Oct 6 '16 at 5:43
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    For me there is a difference between a Shopping Centre and a Shopping Mall. I would expect a Shopping Mall to be enclosed, and probably multi-storey whereas a Shopping Centre is more likely to be open to the elements. A Shopping Complex could be either, or have elements of both, and be larger than a Shopping Centre. However all of them would be single developments rather than a stretch of organically developed High Street. – BoldBen Oct 6 '16 at 7:05
  • You're right - and malls are becoming more and more commonplace. – Mick Oct 6 '16 at 7:07
  • @BladorthinTheGrey Quite so! Euphoria at Bangkok's emporia - the way to go! – Peter Point Dec 5 '16 at 7:00

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