sa·loon | \sə-ˈlün \

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

a : parlor car

b : sedan sense 2a

called also saloon car

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Synonyms for saloon


bar, barroom, pub, tavern

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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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And that's his wife, Ellen, depicted as a coquettish saloon girl gripping his right leg. Ryan Smith, Chicago Reader, "The First Family of pinball: Meet the local wizards behind the game's huge resurgence," 3 May 2018 Joseph and Katherine Maggio, who operated an Uptown grocery store and saloon, were the victims of a sadistic killer a century ago this month. James Karst,, "'A peculiar turn' in the Axeman investigation of 1918," 13 May 2018 The ghost town was founded in 1865 where silver mining began and covers 314 acres in the Owens Valley with 22 remaining structures including a hotel, saloon and chapel. Kayla Fitzgerald, sacbee, "Own this entire ghost town south of Yosemite for under $1 million," 15 June 2018 Bonus: How other many parks host a saloon or ice cream parlor? Vitals: 11255 Jackson St., Columbia. Jeanne Cooper, San Francisco Chronicle, "Top 10 California parks: Spend the night, but ditch the tent," 9 May 2018 Points of interest in the historic downtown include Naeglin’s, Texas’ oldest bakery; Henne Hardware, founded in 1857; and the Phoenix, the first saloon in Texas to serve women. Michelle Newman, San Antonio Express-News, "New Braunfels: Your guide to shopping, dining and hotels," 11 June 2018 The saloon has changed hands over the years, but my all-time favorite Ortega chile burger ($14) is still on the menu. Sherry Shahan,, "Escape to Creston, cowboy country on California's Central Coast," 3 May 2018 According to royal historians, Charles' saloon has a photo of the Britannia above his bed. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Duchess Meghan's first solo trip with queen begins with unprecedented ride on Royal Train," 14 June 2018 There's a bedroom, bathroom, and sitting room, in Queen Elizabeth II's saloon alone, People adds. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and the Queen's First Joint Event Reportedly Includes an Overnight Train Ride," 7 June 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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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.

: a comfortable room in a pub


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