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saloon noun 1 a large public room for functions or some other specified purpose, such as billiards, dancing, hairdressing, etc. 2 a large public cabin or dining-room on a passenger ship, usually for passengers travelling first class. 3 (also saloon bar) a lounge bar; a quieter and more comfortable part of a public house, sometimes separated from it. 4 N Amer, especially US any bar where alcohol is sold. 5 colloq (in full saloon car) any motor car with two or four doors and an enclosed compartment, not an estate, coupé, convertible or sports model.
ETYMOLOGY: 18c: from French salon.
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