[ suh-lon; for 2, 5 also French sa-lawn ]
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noun,plural sa·lons [suh-lonz; for 2, 5 also French sa-lawn]. /səˈlɒnz; for 2, 5 also French saˈlɔ̃/.
  1. a drawing room or reception room in a large house.

  2. an assembly of guests in such a room, especially an assembly, common during the 17th and 18th centuries, consisting of the leaders in society, art, politics, etc.

  1. a hall or place used for the exhibition of works of art.

  2. a shop, business, or department of a store offering a specific product or service related to fashion, hairdressing, or beauty: a bridal salon;a hair salon;a beauty salon.

  3. (initial capital letter) (in France)

    • the Salon, an annual exhibition of works of art by living artists, originally held at the Salon d'Apollon: it became, during the 19th century, the focal point of artistic controversy and was identified with academicism and official hostility to progress in art.

    • a national exhibition of works of art by living artists: Salon des Refusés; Salon des Indépendants.

Origin of salon

First recorded in 1705–15; from French, from Italian salone, equivalent to sal(a) “hall” (from Germanic; compare Old English sæl, Old Saxon seli, German Saal, Old Norse salr ) + -one augmentative suffix

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How to use salon in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for salon


/ (ˈsælɒn) /

  1. a room in a large house in which guests are received

  2. an assembly of guests in a fashionable household, esp a gathering of major literary, artistic, and political figures from the 17th to the early 20th centuries

  1. a commercial establishment in which hairdressers, beauticians, etc, carry on their businesses: beauty salon

    • a hall for exhibiting works of art

    • such an exhibition, esp one showing the work of living artists

Origin of salon

C18: from French, from Italian salone, augmented form of sala hall, of Germanic origin; compare Old English sele hall, Old High German sal, Old Norse salr hall

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Cultural definitions for salon


A periodic gathering of persons noted in literature, philosophy, the fine arts, or similar areas, held at one person's home. Salons thrived in the Enlightenment.

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