- (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.
- saloon car.
Origin of saloon
Examples from the Web for saloon
The Horse You Came in On Saloon, Baltimore Horse-themed bars must be bad luck for famous authors.
Along this sky-high route, nearly every 19th-century saloon or historic hotel has a ghost story to tell.
When that happened, it was like Frank Sinatra telling a saloon singer he was good.
They soon reached the saloon with the sanguinary name, and luckily found the contractor.Cattle-Ranch to College|Russell Doubleday
They were in a saloon—a favorite rendezvous of these men—and Webster was in the midst of his crowd.The Spy of the Rebellion|Allan Pinkerton
It was Ned Haverhill, with whom Jed had had an encounter in the saloon, and there was a third man they did not know.Two Boy Gold Miners|Frank V. Webster
He goes to Mr. Caraher's saloon now, and stays there for hours, and listens to Mr. Caraher.The Octopus|Frank Norris
He eyed the men who passed him; and when he came to a saloon he would push open the door and gaze about.Love's Pilgrimage|Upton Sinclair
British Dictionary definitions for saloon
Word Origin for saloon
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.