from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A large room, such as a drawing room, used for receiving and entertaining guests.
  • n. A periodic gathering of people of social or intellectual distinction.
  • n. A hall or gallery for the exhibition of works of art.
  • n. A commercial establishment offering a product or service related to fashion: a beauty salon.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a large room, especially one used to receive and entertain guests
  • n. a gathering of people for a social or intellectual meeting
  • n. an art gallery
  • n. a beauty salon or similar establishment

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An apartment for the reception of company; hence, in the plural, fashionable parties; circles of fashionable society.
  • n. An apartment for the reception and exhibition of works of art; hence, an annual exhibition of paintings, sculptures, etc., held in Paris by the Society of French Artists; -- sometimes called the Old Salon. New Salon is a popular name for an annual exhibition of paintings, sculptures, etc., held in Paris at the Champs de Mars, by the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts (National Society of Fine Arts), a body of artists who, in 1890, seceded from the Société des Artistes Français (Society of French Artists).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An apartment for the reception of company; a saloon; hence, a fashionable gathering or assemblage.
  • n. Specifically, a periodical social gathering of men and women representative of the wit, fashion, literature, art, or politics of the time. The salon flourished principally in France during the eighteenth century.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a shop where hairdressers and beauticians work
  • n. elegant sitting room where guests are received
  • n. gallery where works of art can be displayed


French, from Italian salone, augmentative of sala, hall, of Germanic origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French salon ("reception room"), from Middle French, from Italian salone ("large hall"), augmented form of Italian sala ("hall"), from Lombardic sala ("room, house, entrance hall"), from Proto-Germanic *salan (“dwelling, house, hall”), from Proto-Indo-European *sel- (“human settlement, village, dwelling”). Cognate with Old High German sal ("room, house, entrance hall"), Old English sæl ("room, hall, castle"), Old Church Slavonic селó (seló, "courtyard, village"), Lithuanian sala ("village"). (Wiktionary)



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  • In the morning you come to the ladies salon
    To get all fitted out for The Paperback Throne
    But the people are living far away from the place
    Where you wanted to help, it's a bit of a waste
    And the puzzle will last till somebody will say
    "There's a lot to be done while your head is still young"
    If you put down your pen, leave your worries behind
    Then the moment will come, and the memory will shine.

    (Sleep the clock around, by Belle and Sebastian)

    November 12, 2008