One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1An establishment where a hairdresser, beautician, or couturier conducts business.
shop, parlour, establishment, place, premises, building, place of business, boutique, storeView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘In addition to offering ways to reduce stress, the spa will also house a salon, complete with hair styling, manicures and pedicures.’
- ‘Caroline was a hairdresser at a local salon, the best one there.’
2A reception room in a large house.
reception room, drawing room, morning room, sitting room, living room, lounge, front room, best room, parlourView synonyms
- ‘When we think about the work of diplomats, we think about well - dressed people, like him, but doing polite, discreet work in salons and staterooms.’
- ‘The grand salon of this superb house is in the white and gold and carved work of the days of Napoleon I.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘There is a wine cellar in the basement, naturally, with the ground floor containing a living room, salon, kitchen and office.’
- 2.1historical A regular social gathering of eminent people (especially writers and artists) at the house of a woman prominent in high society.
- ‘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.’
- ‘Women were not absent from high politics because of the importance of salons in French political life, where hostesses like Juliette Adam played the central role.’
- ‘He returned for a time to the intellectual salons of Paris and then served as French consul in New York City from 1783 to 1790, after which he returned permanently to France.’
- ‘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.
- ‘She regularly holds literary salons and provides a hospitable setting and has done so for many years.’
- ‘Her grandparents once entertained poets and artists in their salon, discussing the merits of T. S. Eliot.’
- ‘He holds informal salons at which artists are encouraged to bring work for his critique.’
3An 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.
- ‘Throughout his career Huet exhibited regularly at the Salons of the Academie royale, although from 1779 to 1785 he was increasingly concerned with the decorative arts.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The painting Bathers at Asnieres roused little enthusiasm among the jury of the official Salon and was rejected.’
- ‘Naively optimistic and resilient, Manet sought honours in the Salons; Degas was cynically indifferent to public acclaim.’
- ‘In their heyday in the 19th century exhibitions like the Salon and the Summer Show were events of great social and artistic importance.’
Late 17th century: from French (see saloon).
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