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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Examples of saloon in a Sentence

cowboys drinking in the saloon after their work was done for the day
Recent Examples on the Web The front of the store was casual, with people catching up over pastries and tea; the smaller, more formal restaurant area was through a set of saloon doors. New York Times, 11 Nov. 2021 Elsewhere, there is a sizable main saloon with floor-to-ceiling windows, along with a Jacuzzi, spa, sauna and a gym. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 1 Nov. 2021 In the chaos, a civilian, saloon owner Robert Thompson, was killed. NBC News, 22 Oct. 2021 In October 1871, a mob of rioters in Los Angeles hanged 18 Chinese immigrants after one of them allegedly killed a popular saloon owner. Natasha Chen, CNN, 10 Oct. 2021 The saloon owner would romance the women and then kill them and mutilate their bodies, a 1981 story in the San Antonio Light said. Taylor Pettaway, San Antonio Express-News, 27 Sep. 2021 Back at Bonanza Creek Ranch, Baldwin and about a dozen others sat on the back of a 5-ton truck, awaiting their interviews with police who were inside a faux saloon. Los Angeles Times, 31 Oct. 2021 Somebody who ain't nothin' but a hound dog has made off with an Elvis Presley bust from a Central Illinois saloon. Fox News, 28 Oct. 2021 Enraged, the cousin took a swing at the saloon keeper, who eventually succeeded in kicking him to the curb. Christina Tkacik,, 21 Oct. 2021

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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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26 Nov 2021

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“Saloon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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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.
: sedan


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