saloon

noun
sa·​loon | \ sə-ˈlün How to pronounce saloon (audio) \

Definition of saloon

1a chiefly British : salon sense 1
b chiefly British : an often elaborately decorated public hall
c(1) : a usually large public cabin on a ship (as for dining)
(2) : the living area on a yacht
d chiefly British : salon sense 4
e : barroom

3 British

b : sedan sense 2a

called also saloon car

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Synonyms for saloon

Synonyms

bar, barroom, café (also cafe), cantina [Southwest], dramshop, gin mill, grogshop [chiefly British], pub, public house [chiefly British], taproom, tavern, watering hole, watering place

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Examples of saloon in a Sentence

cowboys drinking in the saloon after their work was done for the day

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Beyond the swinging saloon-style doors, were desertlike backdrops, bales of hay, cacti, and tumbleweeds galore. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Ballroom Marfa and Max Mara Host a Riotous Spaghetti Western Gala," 7 Nov. 2018 The outdoor pool is a nice spot for a dose of Vitamin D (especially for those escaping snowy climes this season) and the saloon is the perfect place to start, or end, your evening. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "How to Do Winter Glamping Right (Among Saguaros in Arizona)," 8 Jan. 2019 There are three spaces—the small front bar (so unpretentious there’s sometimes a clothes horse draped with drying bar mats in the corner), the main room with a stage styled like a saloon, and an epic beer garden. Carrie Hutchinson, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Best Venues & Places for Live Music in Melbourne," 10 Sep. 2018 The chauffeur dutifully delivered Judy to the dark, comfortable saloon on an evening that was heavy with night-blooming jasmine. Country Living, "Judy Garland and Sid Luft's Star-Crossed Love Affair," 2 Mar. 2017 Wagon trains, duels, hangings, standoffs in the local saloon—all the classic Hollywood Western tropes are on display in the new trailer for The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, the latest film from the prolific Oscar-winning brothers, Joel and Ethan Coen. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "The Old West never looked so quirky in Ballad of Buster Scruggs trailer," 6 Nov. 2018 Prohibition was protection against domestic abuse, a promise that sons would not slide into debauchery and the family income would not be wasted at the saloon. Elizabeth Winkler, WSJ, "‘Liberated Spirits’ Review: When Alcohol Was a Women’s Issue," 25 Oct. 2018 The Cash, a lesbian-gay bar that combines the sensibilities of a neighborhood tavern with an Old West saloon. Garrett Mitchell, azcentral, "11 top gay bars in Phoenix, Scottsdale," 18 June 2018 In the 1930s, several women linked to saloon owner Joe Ball vanished from South Texas. PEOPLE.com, "Serial Killers Who Inspired Haunting Hollywood Portrayals," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of saloon

1728, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for saloon

French salon, from Italian salone, augmentative of sala hall, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German sal hall; akin to Lithuanian sala village

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saloon

noun

English Language Learners Definition of saloon

: a place where alcoholic drinks are served especially : such a place in the western U.S. during the 19th century
: a large, comfortable room on a ship where passengers can talk, relax, etc.
British : a comfortable room in a pub

saloon

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sa·​loon | \ sə-ˈlün How to pronounce saloon (audio) \

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