One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A public room or building used for a specified purpose.‘a billiard saloon’
- ‘This morning, Cyzarine and Zoya went to a religious service in the dining saloon.’
- ‘Men, particularly bachelors, gathered in concert saloons, neighborhood bar-rooms, and pool-halls where no respectable woman would be seen.’
- ‘Tom O'Shea built a house, billiard saloon and dining room next to it and Bill Lucy opened a blacksmith shop.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- 1.1British another term for lounge bar
- ‘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.’
- ‘No longer guests of the landlord, they had become customers; they drank either in the saloon bar, the lounge, the private bar, or the public bar, which was always closest to the street.’
- ‘A saloon bar with swing-doors, sawdust floors and a long wooden counter, your drinks choice is light or dark ale.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘On the ground floor is a saloon bar with a food servery, kitchen and customer toilets.’
- 1.2North American humorous, historical A place where alcoholic drinks may be bought and drunk.
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘At that time, the city had about five saloons, a couple of hotels and groceries, a blacksmith and a train station.’
- ‘And so it was that Laurie ended up in a saloon, drinking beer with the rest of the guys.’
- ‘As in other mining camps, ethnic groups settled in their own neighborhoods but worked together in the mines and drank together in the saloons.’
- 1.3 A large public room for use as a lounge on a ship.
- ‘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.’
- ‘Peggy and I explored the ship together, noting the position of the most important saloons and lounges.’
- ‘It was quite luxurious - lounge and dining saloon, deck - tourists, and how!’
- 1.4British A luxurious railway carriage used as a lounge or restaurant or as private accommodation.‘a dining saloon’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Each year we all would come to Hyderabad in one of those fancy railway saloons all the way from Chittagong.’
2British 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’North American term sedan (sense 2)
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘It is available as a five-door hatchback and a four-door saloon.’
- ‘The revised Mercedes-Benz C Class saloons, estates and Sports Coupe have now gone on sale in Ireland, alongside a brand new SLK roadster.’
Early 18th century (in the sense ‘drawing room’): from French salon, from Italian salone ‘large hall’, augmentative of sala ‘hall’.
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