• WordNet 3.6
    • n saloon a room or establishment where alcoholic drinks are served over a counter "he drowned his sorrows in whiskey at the bar"
    • n saloon tavern consisting of a building with a bar and public rooms; often provides light meals
    • n saloon a car that is closed and that has front and rear seats and two or four doors
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Another law in Helena, Montana, mandates that a woman can't dance on a table in a saloon or bar unless she has on at least three pounds, two ounces of clothing.
    • Saloon 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; as, the saloon of a steamboat. "The gilden saloons in which the first magnates of the realm . . . gave banquets and balls."
    • Saloon Popularly, a public room for specific uses; esp., a barroom or grogshop; as, a drinking saloon; an eating saloon; a dancing saloon . "We hear of no hells, or low music halls, or low dancing saloons at Athens"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n saloon Any spacious or elegant apartment for the reception of company, or for the exhibition of works of art; a hall of reception.
    • n saloon 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 saloon A place where intoxicating liquors are sold and drunk; a grog-shop.
    • n saloon An erroneous form of shalloon.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Saloon sa-lōōn′ a spacious and elegant hall or apartment for the reception of company, for works of art, &c.: a main cabin: a drawing-room car on a railroad: a liquor-shop
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  • Thomas Hood
    Thomas Hood
    “My books kept me from the ring, the dog-pit, the tavern, and the saloon.”
  • Mark Twain
    “Fortune knocks at every man's door once in a life, but in a good many cases the man is in a neighboring saloon and does not hear her.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. salon,cf. It. salone,), fr. F. salle, a large room, a hall, of German or Dutch origin; cf. OHG. sal, house, hall, G. saal,; akin to AS. sæl, sele, D. zaal, Icel. salr, Goth. saljan, to dwell, and probably to L. solum, ground. Cf. Sole of the foot, Soil ground, earth
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. salonsalle; Old High Ger. sal, a dwelling, Ger. saal.


In literature:

Then a small brougham drove rapidly up and stopped opposite to the saloon.
"The Master Mummer" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
He kept the saloon on the corner of Crosby Street.
"The Battle with the Slum" by Jacob A. Riis
As we were peeping into the saloon, a man passed us and stopped sharply.
"Hurricane Island" by H. B. Marriott Watson
In front of this saloon Emerson Mead halted as Tuttle and Ellhorn came out of a lawyer's office beside it.
"With Hoops of Steel" by Florence Finch Kelly
It was impossible to fly or run across the great saloon!
"The Cuckoo Clock" by Mrs. Molesworth
The table was now rolled out into the centre of the saloon, laid with a snowy-white damask cloth, and covered with the equipage for a banquet.
"Captain Brand of the "Centipede"" by H. A. (Henry Augustus) Wise
No saloons there, you know.
"They of the High Trails" by Hamlin Garland
All these keep saloon bars, so we cannot do better than enquire at them.
"Australia Revenged" by Boomerang
As he waited he saw a man come out of the corner saloon.
"Traffic in Souls" by Eustace Hale Ball
In five minutes he was addressing the occupants of the saloon by their familiar nicknames.
"The Night Riders" by Ridgwell Cullum

In poetry:

Who called men from the low saloons
And told them that the cup
Would cause their sons to be like them,
No better than a pup.
"Sam Jones" by Frank Barbour Coffin
Her breath is like a fragrant tune,
She is the soul of every spot;
Gives nature to the rich saloon,
And splendour to the peasant's cot.
"The Progress Of The Rose" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
"The cursed saloon has departed,
And well we are rid of the plague;
But I'm weary of furniture polish
With the counterfeit label of Haig.
"Owed To Volstead" by Wallace Irwin
Well, Johnny got mad when he heard about that,
and he started to look fer where Billy was at.
And all kinds of wagers was goin’ right soon,
When the boys laid their bets in the Lone Star saloon.
"The Duel" by Bruce Kiskaddon
A roaring old song of the ships and the men
In fine days departed which come not again . . .
With the chink of the glasses came drifting the tune
And the smell of the drinks out of Murphy’s saloon.
"The Old Shellback" by Cicely Fox Smith
Loafin' around in Sailor Town, a-bluin' o' my advance,
I met a derelict donkyman who led me a merry dance,
Till he landed me 'n blanched me fair in the bar of a rum-saloon,
'N' there he spun me a juice of a yarn to this-yer brand of tune.
"One of the Bo'sun's Yarns" by John Masefield

In news:

See all past events at Buck 's Mountain Saloon & Grill.
Buena Vista Restaurant & Saloon Reopens.
Last Call at King Eddy Saloon.
At the British Saloon Car Championship at Thruxton in 1968 the little Ford goes up on two wheels as it takes a sharp left hander.
Thus is the story of saloon owner James Ritty of Dayton, Ohio - the inventor of the cash register.
Booze Terry's State Street Saloon Will Come Under New Ownership.
Terry's State Street Saloon will soon change hands.
On June 9, Terry's State Street Saloon celebrated its 16th year in business with a party featuring live music and catering.
Another weekend fight at Dark Horse Saloon has Bel Air's mayor wary.
This man is suspected of stabbing two people in the parking lot of Dark Horse Saloon late Saturday night.
The following evening, 15 cowboys from the Hashknife outfit were drinking in the same Winslow saloon and decided to give departed John Shaw his final drink.
Snuggery Saloon & Dining Room , Chicago: event listing.
High West Distillery and Saloon will break ground on a second distillery in Wanship on Thursday, Oct 10.
The last call for a skid row era at King Eddy Saloon.
Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon.