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, 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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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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