Definition of salon in English:

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Pronunciation: /səˈlän/


1An establishment where a hairdresser, beautician, or couturier conducts business.
Example sentences
  • Tutors boast that at the college's Top To Toe hairdressing and beauty training salons, punters get as good a result as in a professional salon - but it might take a bit longer.
  • Botox injections, which reduce worry lines and crow's feet, are available from beauty clinics, hairdressing salons and at Botox parties held in homes.
  • Before her departure to Spain she ran a successful beauty clinic with her sister Deirdre who ran a hairdressers salon at New Line Road.
establishment, premises;
boutique, store, shop;
beauty parlor, beauty shop, hair salon;
nail salon;
tanning salon
2A reception room in a large house.
Example sentences
  • The accommodation comprises a fully fitted farmhouse kitchen, salon, dining room, three bedrooms, cellar, and floored loft.
  • The whole staff was busy that day, cleaning and polishing every corner of Blumere, particularly the salon and the dining room.
  • The grand salon of this superb house is in the white and gold and carved work of the days of Napoleon I.
drawing room, sitting room, living room, lounge
dated parlor
2.1 historical A regular social gathering of eminent people (especially writers and artists) at the house of a woman prominent in high society.
Example sentences
  • Also misleading is the author's claim that Chopin was readily accepted in the Parisian salons as a social equal rather than being merely an entertainer.
  • Her daughter conducted a salon that became a gathering place for the writers, artists, and musicians of the Harlem Renaissance.
  • But socially he was entirely at home in those Third Republic salons where politicians mixed with aristocrats, diplomats, and writers.
2.2North American A meeting of intellectuals or other eminent people at the invitation of a celebrity or socialite.
Example sentences
  • She regularly holds literary salons and provides a hospitable setting and has done so for many years.
  • He holds informal salons at which artists are encouraged to bring work for his critique.
  • Her grandparents once entertained poets and artists in their salon, discussing the merits of T. S. Eliot.
3 (Salon) An annual exhibition of the work of living artists held by the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture in Paris, originally in the Salon d’Apollon in the Louvre in 1667.
Example sentences
  • In their heyday in the 19th century exhibitions like the Salon and the Summer Show were events of great social and artistic importance.
  • Naively optimistic and resilient, Manet sought honours in the Salons; Degas was cynically indifferent to public acclaim.
  • It was precisely over the course of the Salons of 1833 and 1834 that Ingres emerged as the unambiguous champion of drawing, the very ‘personification of line,’ to adopt the phrase employed by Theophile Gautier.
exhibition, (public) display, show, showing, showcase, exhibit


Late 17th century: from French (see saloon).

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Syllabification: sa·lon

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