Try Our Apps


90s Slang You Should Know


[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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for saloon
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • But he went to the saloon, for it was possible that some one might treat him.

    Little Bobtail Oliver Optic
  • The moment he tried to get out of the saloon, I jumped over the counter and went for him.

    Up the River Oliver Optic
  • The minor is not prevented in the cigar store joints from gaming any more than he is prevented from drinking at the saloon bar.

  • Mr. Peverell, the bank messenger, called at the saloon on his way back.

    Up the River Oliver Optic
  • In the store and about the clay floor of Mr. Hanrahans saloon, blanket-bedded and sound asleep, lay twenty-one men.

    The Sunset Trail Alfred Henry Lewis
  • He testified as to the manner in which the package had disappeared from the counter of the saloon.

    Up the River Oliver Optic
  • Unable to endure the atmosphere of the saloon any longer, you make a grand effort and return to the upper regions.

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for saloon

Many English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for saloon

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for saloon