a place for the sale and consumption of alcoholic drinks.
a room or place for general use for a specific purpose: a dining saloon on a ship.
a large cabin for the common use of passengers on a passenger vessel.
(in a tavern or pub) a section of a bar or barroom separated from the public bar and often having more comfortable furnishings and a quieter atmosphere.
a drawing room or reception room.

1720–30; variant of salon

salon, saloon. Unabridged
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saloon (səˈluːn)
1.  (Brit) another word for lounge Also called: saloon bar
2.  a large public room on a passenger ship
3.  any large public room used for a specific purpose: a dancing saloon
4.  chiefly (US), (Canadian) a place where alcoholic drink is sold and consumed
5.  US, Canadian, and NZ name: sedan a closed two-door or four-door car with four to six seats
6.  an obsolete word for salon
[C18: from French salon]

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Word Origin & History

1728, Anglicized form of salon (q.v.), and originally used interchangeable with it. Meaning large hall in a public place (esp. a passenger boat) is from c.1835, also used of railway cars furnished like drawing rooms. Sense of "public bar" developed by 1841, Amer.Eng.
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Example sentences for saloons
The original settlement consisted largely of hide huts and saloons.
Saloons had begun to return to business within two years, however.
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