Meaning of saloon


A saloon is an old-fashioned name for a bar or a tavern. Suggest meeting at the local saloon after work and your friends might give you a funny look, but they’ll know what you mean.

A saloon is a place to sit drink a beer, though it’s much more common these days to call it a bar or a pub. In the Old West, saloons played a huge role, providing refreshment to prospectors, trappers, and cowboys. The word comes from the French salon, and it originally had the same meaning, “living room.” Later, saloon meant “hall,” especially one on a boat or a train. In 1800’s America, it came to mean “public house or bar.”

Definitions of saloon
  1. noun

    a room or establishment where alcoholic drinks are served over a counter


    bar, barroom, ginmill, taproom

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    barrelhouse, honky-tonk

    a cheap drinking and dancing establishment
    cocktail lounge

    a barroom in a hotel or restaurant where cocktails are served
    sawdust saloon

    a saloon whose floor is covered with sawdust

    (during prohibition) an illegal barroom
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    an area within a building enclosed by walls and floor and ceiling

  2. noun

    tavern consisting of a building with a bar and public rooms; often provides light meals


    gin mill, pothouse, pub, public house, taphouse

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    a tavern where ale is sold
    free house

    a public house that is not controlled by a brewery and so is free to sell different brands of beer and ale
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    tap house, tavern

    a building with a bar that is licensed to sell alcoholic drinks

  3. noun

    a car that is closed and that has front and rear seats and two or four doors



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    a sedan that has no roof over the driver’s seat
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    auto, automobile, car, machine, motorcar

    a motor vehicle with four wheels; usually propelled by an internal combustion engine

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