sa·​lon | \ sə-ˈlän How to pronounce salon (audio) , ˈsa-ˌlän, sa-ˈlōⁿ\

Definition of salon

1 : an elegant apartment or living room (as in a fashionable home)
2 : a fashionable assemblage of notables (such as literary figures, artists, or statesmen) held by custom at the home of a prominent person
3a : a hall for exhibition of art
b capitalized : an annual exhibition of works of art
4 : a stylish business establishment or shop a beauty salon

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Synonyms for salon


gallery, museum

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Examples of salon in a Sentence

at its headquarters the company maintains a fashionable salon filled with works of modern art

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Kari Williams has worked to make her natural hair salon a refuge for black Angelenos, including those who’ve felt pressured to alter their hairstyles to hold on to a job. Alexa Díaz,, "California set to be first state to protect black people from natural hair discrimination," 27 June 2019 In my suburban salon, a half-leg wax runs me about $40. Leah Melby Clinton, Glamour, "5 Things to Know Before Trying to Wax Your Legs At Home," 18 June 2019 Now, save these photos and head to your salon, stat. Nykia Spradley, Allure, "This Peach Blonde Hair Color Is the New Way to Go Lighter This Summer," 31 May 2019 There was even the indignity of her cherished hair salon, Pierre Michel, denying her service. Horacio Silva, Town & Country, "What to Do When You Find Yourself at Dinner With a Social Pariah," 15 May 2019 One small discrepancy: the Grand Ole Opry in the first film was the Opry, in Nashville, Tennessee, whereas the Opry in the new film is in Glasgow, Scotland, next to a hair-and-beauty salon called Indulge. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "“Toy Story 4” Plays It Again," 21 June 2019 Southwick, who lives on the southern shore of Lake Geneva and spent summers at the lake as a child, visits the resort to take health and exercise classes, enjoy salon treatments and play golf. Brian E. Clark, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "From Lake Geneva Playboy Club to Marcus resort, Grand Geneva celebrates 25 years with special deals and events," 21 June 2019 Several other users added photos and GIFs of the nail salon scene from Friends in their responses to the actor. Joelle Goldstein,, "Matthew Perry Hilariously Claps Back at 'Disheveled' Appearance Report: 'I'm Getting a Manicure'," 21 June 2019 Natalia Vodianova, Maria Grazia Chiuri, Rachele Regini, Sofia Sanchez de Betak, and more were on hand for the grand bal masqué, rubbing shoulders in the hush of the restaurant’s sequestered salons. Marley Marius, Vogue, "Famed Left Bank Eatery Lapérouse Reopens With a Decadent Dinner," 20 June 2019

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First Known Use of salon

1699, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of salon

: a business that gives customers beauty treatments (such as haircuts)
old-fashioned : a large room in a fashionable house that is used for entertaining guests
: a regular meeting of writers, artists, etc., at someone's home


sa·​lon | \ sə-ˈlän How to pronounce salon (audio) , ˈsa-ˌlän\

Kids Definition of salon

: a business that offers customers beauty treatments a hair salon

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