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[suh-loon] /səˈlun/
a place for the sale and consumption of alcoholic drinks.
a room or place for general use for a specific purpose:
a dining saloon on a ship.
a large cabin for the common use of passengers on a passenger vessel.
  1. (in a tavern or pub) a section of a bar or barroom separated from the public bar and often having more comfortable furnishings and a quieter atmosphere.
  2. saloon car.
a drawing room or reception room.
Origin of saloon
First recorded in 1720-30; variant of salon
Can be confused
salon, saloon. Unabridged
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  • "Come over to the saloon, Buck, and have one on me," said Jasper.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • He thought of the grinning men of the saloon; the hidden words.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • "He's layin' down," said Bill Dozier, and his voice was soft but audible in the saloon.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • In the dimness of the saloon door a gun flashed in the hand of Jasper Lanning.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • He said that he occasionally dropped into a saloon to take a glass of beer.

  • Red he sees my pard passing a saloon, and he says, 'Hello, where did you come from?

    A Woman Tenderfoot Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson
  • My saloon luckily has a dome, and under the dome we placed it.

British Dictionary definitions for saloon


(Brit) Also called saloon bar another word for lounge (sense 5)
a large public room on a passenger ship
any large public room used for a specific purpose: a dancing saloon
(mainly US & Canadian) a place where alcoholic drink is sold and consumed
a closed two-door or four-door car with four to six seats US, Canadian, and NZ name sedan
an obsolete word for salon (sense 1)
Word Origin
C18: from French salon
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Word Origin and History for saloon

1728, anglicized form of salon, and originally used interchangeable with it. Meaning "large hall in a public place for entertainment, etc." is from 1747; especially a passenger boat from 1817, also used of railway cars furnished like drawing rooms (1842). Sense of "public bar" developed by 1841, American English.

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