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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The Denver Post reported this week that West of Surrender, a new Old West-style saloon, will fill the 16th Street space vacated last year by Marlowe’s. Josie Sexton, The Denver Post, "New winery, bar and bistro coming to the old Govnr’s Park Tavern space," 20 Aug. 2019 The Crystal Palace, originally known as Golden Eagle Brewing Company, was one of Tombstone’s earliest saloons. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "Floating tiki bar, haunted pub crawl: 10 places for end-of-summer road trips in Arizona," 14 Aug. 2019 The first, on Third Street, drew men from all over San Francisco and the Bay Area who played poker and gin rummy and placed bets with bookies in saloons with special gambling rooms. Gary Kamiya, SFChronicle.com, "SF ‘hobohemia’ transformed into Skid Row as jobs and city changed," 10 Aug. 2019 Any potential move for Hart, who has also been linked with Stoke, would surely be his last chance saloon following failed spells at Torino, West Ham and now Burnley. SI.com, "Joe Hart Linked With Lille Move After Being Told by Burnley He Can Leave for Free," 23 June 2019 Saloon owner Karen Haughness, one of nine people who live in White Oaks, says the saloon’s regulars often exceed the town’s population. USA TODAY, "‘Molly of Denali,’ saloon discourse, ashes by mail: News from around our 50 states," 10 July 2019 From early indications today it is not believed that there will be any unusual hilarities tonight, as the saloons were not doing any more than their usual business. San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: Prohibition closed 55 saloons in San Diego 100 years ago today," 30 June 2019 And the rowdy little town is home to the Iron Door Saloon, the oldest continuously operating saloon in California. Rosemary Mcclure, latimes.com, "Hotels near Yosemite that won't blow your budget," 30 June 2019 Chad Frazier, whose grandparents bought the saloon in 1977, said the bridge closure was a surprise. Kristi Tanner, Freep.com, "FREE PRESS INVESTIGATION Thank heavens: They finally got their bridge fixed; many communities still suffer," 7 June 2019

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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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