sa·​loon sə-ˈlün How to pronounce saloon (audio)
chiefly British : salon sense 1
chiefly British : an often elaborately decorated public hall
: a usually large public cabin on a ship (as for dining)
: the living area on a yacht
chiefly British : salon sense 4
: sedan sense 2a

called also saloon car

Examples of saloon in a Sentence

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


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

First Known Use

1728, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of saloon was in 1728

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Cite this Entry

“Saloon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


sa·​loon sə-ˈlün How to pronounce saloon (audio)
: a public room for socializing especially on a ship

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