Definitions

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

  • n. A place where alcoholic drinks are sold and drunk; a tavern.
  • n. A large room or hall for receptions, public entertainment, or exhibitions.
  • n. Nautical The officers' dining and social room on a cargo ship.
  • n. Nautical A large social lounge on a passenger ship.
  • n. Chiefly British A sedan automobile.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A tavern, especially in an American Old West setting.
  • n. A lounge bar in an English public house, contrasted with the public bar.
  • n. The most common body style for modern cars, with a boot or trunk.
  • n. The cabin area of a boat or yacht devoted to seated relaxation, often combined with dining table.
  • n. the part of a rail carriage or multiple unit containing seating for passengers.
  • n. Dated form of salon. (living room in a house)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A spacious and elegant apartment for the reception of company or for works of art; a hall of reception, esp. a hall for public entertainments or amusements; a large room or parlor.
  • n. Popularly, a public room for specific uses; esp., a barroom or grogshop.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Any spacious or elegant apartment for the reception of company, or for the exhibition of works of art; a hall of reception.
  • n. A hall for public entertainments or amusement; also, an apartment for specific public use: as, the saloon of a steamer (that is, the main cabin); a refreshment saloon.
  • n. A place where intoxicating liquors are sold and drunk; a grog-shop.
  • n. An erroneous form of shalloon.

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

  • n. tavern consisting of a building with a bar and public rooms; often provides light meals
  • n. a car that is closed and that has front and rear seats and two or four doors
  • n. a room or establishment where alcoholic drinks are served over a counter

Etymologies

French salon, salon; see salon.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French salon, either augmentative of salle ("room"), or borrowed from Italian salone ("hall"), augmentative form of salla ("room"); in both cases borrowed from a Germanic source such as Old High German sal ("house, hall"), from Proto-Germanic *salan, from Proto-Indo-European *sol-, derived from *sel- (“dwelling”) (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In the Fifteenth Assembly District some distance below, but on the same line, the first sociological canvass of the Federation of Churches had found the churches, schools, and other educational agencies marshalling a frontage of 756 feet on the street, while the saloon fronts stretched themselves over nearly a mile; so that, said the compiler of these pregnant facts, “saloon social ideals are minting themselves on the minds of the people at the ratio of seven saloon thoughts to one educational thought.

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  • Our passengers were not many in what we called the saloon -- three New

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  • The Rover 3-Litre saloon is the Unmitigated English motor car.

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  • He was well known for scaring the pants of other drivers in saloon car racing at the Nurburgring by screeming up behind them in a massivly over-weight, under-braked 500 Merc.

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  • She called the saloon keepers swill-faced, beak-nosed bed mates of Satan.

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  • The front-wheel-drive 3.2, the all-wheel-drive T6 and the AWD V8 are the new variants for the saloon from the Swedish company which aims to out-muscle the best in the prestige passenger car sector.

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  • Bentley's gorgeous "saloon" -- was to pretty much the same general effect, though somewhat more ornately expressed by the use of picturesque expletives, which it is needless to quote.

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  • There's blue sky so it's a daytime scene pictured and I * think* the title was in a funky "saloon" - type or scriptlike font.

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  • Since it’s so close to where the hair saloon is located, drive around the neighborhood and enjoy a difference in living pleasure of days gone by.

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  • Yes, the saloon was a mighty fine place, and it was more than that.

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