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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
3 British
b : sedan sense 2a

called also saloon car

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cowboys drinking in the saloon after their work was done for the day
Recent Examples on the Web Local lore is that the last Republican who came close to winning a partisan race was a sheriff’s candidate gunned down in a saloon in 1907. Elizabeth Findell, WSJ, "Why Democrats Lost So Many South Texas Latinos—the Economy," 8 Nov. 2020 Sets and types were clichéd (a Wild West saloon with a buxom barmaid who seems tough but is actually tender). Andrew Delbanco, The New York Review of Books, "Night Terrors," 3 Nov. 2020 Shaver wrote with brutal honesty, a surgeon’s precision and the swagger of the greatest saloon poets of the 20th century. Geoff Edgers, Washington Post, "Nobody wrote songs like Billy Joe Shaver," 29 Oct. 2020 Just like that favorite store or saloon that has closed for good because of the coronavirus. John King,, "Say goodbye to another quirky S.F. landmark — the Mondrian House at Ocean Beach," 27 Oct. 2020 The bartenders who make sure the memory of old regulars now departed to the saloon in the sky are not just pictures on the wall but stories of life and humor and generosity still in circulation on their shifts. Ian Mcnulty | Staff Writer,, "Ian McNulty: Raising a go-cup for New Orleans bartenders I miss. Maybe you know them," 12 Oct. 2020 Then her bartending job disappeared when the coronavirus forced her saloon to close. J.k. Dineen,, "‘Housing is just not available’: Butte County residents scramble for shelter in wake of North Complex Fire," 1 Oct. 2020 Roaring Fork Stop into the saloon or bar for Sunday Night Football and take advantage of happy hour pricing on food and drinks from 4 p.m. to close. Georgann Yara, The Arizona Republic, "19 metro Phoenix restaurants and bars with football specials for dine-in and takeout," 25 Sep. 2020 Cooper has a lot of plans for the building, including mental health services, a saloon and coffee floor. Briana Rice, The Enquirer, "'Hood Sanctuary' planned for West End Project focusing on history of Black neighborhoods," 17 Sep. 2020

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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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.
British : a comfortable room in a pub


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