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saloon

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Pronunciation: /səˈluːn
 
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Definition of saloon in English:

noun

1A public room or building used for a specified purpose: a billiard saloon
More example sentences
  • Tom O'Shea built a house, billiard saloon and dining room next to it and Bill Lucy opened a blacksmith shop.
  • Besides wasteful consumption of so much clean water, pollutants discharged by restaurants, beauty saloons and large bathing rooms are also to blame for contaminated water.
  • It also has two great restaurants, the Burra Inn housed in a former barber shop and billiard saloon, and Nick's, which serves up a selection of Italian, German and Swiss foods.
1.1 (also saloon bar) British another term for lounge bar.
Example sentences
  • There was a couple of minutes pause after we'd finished that song, during which most of the audience disappeared into the saloon bar and the landlord, who everyone called Sid, (because he looked like Sid James) glared angrily over at us.
  • Tonight there will be karaoke in the saloon bar from 8pm, tomorrow night is steak night and Sunday is the Hare and Hounds' Baranados Charity Race Night.
  • On the ground floor is a saloon bar with a food servery, kitchen and customer toilets.
1.2North American historical or humorous A place where alcoholic drinks may be bought and drunk.
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  • For Kid Russell, as he was called, Lewistown was the place he came to kick up his heels, and, it is said, exchange sketches for drinks in local saloons.
  • And so it was that Laurie ended up in a saloon, drinking beer with the rest of the guys.
  • When his knees were stiff with cold, he stepped into a saloon and drank a glass of whiskey, then at a general store purchased a pair of scissors.
1.3A large public room for use as a lounge on a ship.
Example sentences
  • Peggy and I explored the ship together, noting the position of the most important saloons and lounges.
  • The dining saloon ran the full width of the ship, and seemed even longer.
  • The lift stopped on D Deck and everyone got off and went to the first class dining saloon.
1.4 (also saloon car) British A luxurious railway carriage used as a lounge or restaurant or as private accommodation: a dining saloon
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  • Each year we all would come to Hyderabad in one of those fancy railway saloons all the way from Chittagong.
  • It was from here that they were to travel in a saloon carriage provided by the Midland Railway Company to Galway.
  • The National Railway Museum's current royal collection includes Queen Victoria's last service saloon and a royal carriage withdrawn from service in 1977.
2 (also saloon car) British A car having a closed body and a closed boot separated from the part in which the driver and passengers sit: a four-door saloon
More example sentences
  • It's a real four-seater saloon car with serious pace when you need it, rather than a supercar draped in a saloon's body.
  • It's neither a saloon, hatchback, MPV nor an estate - it is a premium vehicle that defies a label, but is a mixture of all the above.
  • While the five-door hatchback is expected to be the best seller in Europe, the four-door saloon is also predicted to sell well on the Continent.

Origin

early 18th century (in the sense 'drawing room'): from French salon, from Italian salone 'large hall', augmentative of sala 'hall'.

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  • Along with gunfights between goodies in white Stetsons and baddies in black ones, the saloon or bar is an important feature of Westerns. Like many an outlaw in the American West, people may sometimes have to drink at the last chance saloon, ‘take one final chance to get something right’. The name, sometimes expanded to First and Last Chance Saloon, was used in the US from about 1890 for the name of a saloon on the edge of town. The name was introduced to a wider public as the place that Frenchie, played by Marlene Dietrich, ran in the 1939 Western Destry Rides Again. Saloons (the word comes via French from Italian, from sala ‘hall’) were originally much more genteel than those on the wild frontier—the word at first applied to a large reception room or an elegant drawing room, as did salon (late 17th century), which has exactly the same source. Until many pubs were remodelled in the 1980s, most had a saloon bar, a separate area that was more luxuriously furnished and where drinks were more expensive than in the public bar. During the 19th century a saloon was a luxurious railway carriage used as a lounge or restaurant or for a private party. As the age of the car followed that of the train, a closed car with a separate boot came to be a saloon car in Britain. The American name, found from 1912 in this sense, is sedan, which was an Italian dialect word from Latin sella ‘seat’, also the source of saddle (Old English).

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