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saloon

[suh-loon] /səˈlun/
noun
1.
a place for the sale and consumption of alcoholic drinks.
2.
a room or place for general use for a specific purpose:
a dining saloon on a ship.
3.
a large cabin for the common use of passengers on a passenger vessel.
4.
British.
  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.
5.
a drawing room or reception room.
Origin of saloon
1720-1730
1720-30; variant of salon
Can be confused
salon, saloon.
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  • 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

saloon

/səˈluːn/
noun
1.
(Brit) Also called saloon bar another word for lounge (sense 5)
2.
a large public room on a passenger ship
3.
any large public room used for a specific purpose: a dancing saloon
4.
(mainly US & Canadian) a place where alcoholic drink is sold and consumed
5.
a closed two-door or four-door car with four to six seats US, Canadian, and NZ name sedan
6.
an obsolete word for salon (sense 1)
Word Origin
C18: from French salon
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Word Origin and History for saloon
n.

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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