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  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

First recorded in 1720–30; variant of salon
Can be confusedsalon saloon Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Contemporary Examples of saloon

Historical Examples of saloon

  • He thought of the grinning men of the saloon; the hidden words.

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

  • "Come over to the saloon, Buck, and have one on me," said Jasper.

  • In the dimness of the saloon door a gun flashed in the hand of Jasper Lanning.

  • He said that he occasionally dropped into a saloon to take a glass of beer.

British Dictionary definitions for saloon


  1. Also called: saloon bar British another word for lounge (def. 5)
  2. a large public room on a passenger ship
  3. any large public room used for a specific purposea dancing saloon
  4. mainly US and Canadian a place where alcoholic drink is sold and consumed
  5. a closed two-door or four-door car with four to six seatsUS, Canadian, and NZ name: sedan
  6. an obsolete word for salon (def. 1)

Word Origin for saloon

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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