saloon

noun
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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Synonyms for saloon

Synonyms

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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Another throwback restaurant and saloon will open in early fall inside the 128-year-old Kittredge Building in the old heart of Denver at 16th Street and Glenarm Place. The Know, The Denver Post, "An Old West saloon is moving onto the 16th Street Mall in the former Marlowe’s space," 20 Aug. 2019 The saloon and museum are two blocks west on Houston Street, but a woman was promoting the heck out of those side shows while standing next to a stuffed lion that tourists are warned not to pet. Elaine Ayala, ExpressNews.com, "Tourists flock to corner across the Alamo and fail to see the history there," 30 July 2019 Its luxury saloons remain desirable and returns have been decent. The Economist, "BMW tries to turn a corner—and loses its boss," 11 July 2019 The separate saloon comes with a custom bar, a kitchen, a dance floor, gaming tables plus a showroom for historic ranch vehicles, according to the listing. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "Giant Colorado Ranch With Private Saloon Seeks $36 Million," 6 Aug. 2018 Pacarana has a single gas station, a handful of shops, an open-air saloon, a Catholic church, and several evangelical chapels. Felipe Fittipaldi, National Geographic, "Inside the faltering fight against illegal Amazon logging," 28 Aug. 2019 Any pub, ale house, dive bar, saloon, speakeasy or tavern will also do. Leah Asmelash And Nadeem Muaddi, CNN, "An American guide to watching the 2019 Women's World Cup final," 6 July 2019 The original wood-and-stone building was at different times during Yountville’s history a saloon, a brothel and a steam laundry - hence the name. Mary Beth Albright, chicagotribune.com, "How a world-class chef blossomed in Napa Valley: The French Laundry turns 25," 5 July 2019 Her first mission was to serve as the centerpiece of a Chicago saloon. Alice George, Smithsonian, "Sculptor Edmonia Lewis Shattered Gender and Race Expectations in 19th-Century America," 25 July 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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saloon

noun

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

saloon

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sa·​loon | \ sə-ˈlün How to pronounce saloon (audio) \

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