sa·​lon | \sə-ˈlän, 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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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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Beyond are more rooms: offices for two visiting scholars, a salon wrapped in more display shelves, a seminar room, the conservation lab. Alexandra Lange, Curbed, "A museum grows in Houston," 1 Nov. 2018 Like Drybar, the popular chain that offers only blowouts and other dry styling (versus cuts and color like at a full-service salon), Alchemy 43 aims to be really good at one thing. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "The push to make Botox as common as getting a blowout," 12 Sep. 2018 Sudhin Datta, the most brilliant poet of the generation after Rabindranath Tagore, ran a famous salon in Calcutta from his family home in on Cornwallis Street. Neel Mukherjee, WSJ, "‘The Last Englishmen’ Review: India, Everest and Empire," 23 Aug. 2018 The show is miles away from its relatively modest money-laundering scheme of the first season — the one that was supposed to help Desna pay to open a new salon, remember that dream? Nina Metz,, "‘Claws’ Episode 5 recap: 5 things to know about ‘Vaginalologist’ and the good doctor’s betrayal," 9 July 2018 Authorities seized roughly 70 pounds of marijuana at a Watkinsville nail salon Thursday night, the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement on its Facebook page. Raisa Habersham, ajc, "Pot worth $350,000 found in nail salon; feds investigating," 29 June 2018 Hair Club is also opening a new salon at 1625 S. Congress Ave. David Lyons,, "Hair Club expanding North American HQ to new Boca office building," 19 June 2018 One of those dreams is to date Vanessa, who works at a nearby salon and is about to be evicted from her apartment. Christopher Arnott,, "A Highly Entertaining, Energetic 'In the Heights' At Playhouse On Park," 18 June 2018 The New York Times on Thursday reported that several businesses, including a hair salon and a vegetarian restaurant, had their ads rejected on political grounds. Christopher Carbone, Fox News, "Facebook rejects ads from restaurants, hair salons, because they're too 'political', report says," 25 June 2018

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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)

: 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, ˈsa-ˌlän\

Kids Definition of salon

: a business that offers customers beauty treatments a hair salon

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