AskDefine | Define salon

Dictionary Definition



1 gallery where works of art can be displayed
2 a shop where hairdressers and beauticians work [syn: beauty salon, beauty parlor, beauty parlour, beauty shop]
3 elegant sitting room where guests are received

User Contributed Dictionary



from salone, large room


  1. a large room, especially one used to receive and entertain guests
  2. a gathering of people for a social or intellectual meeting
  3. an art gallery
  4. a beauty salon or similar establishment

Related terms


a large room
a gathering of people
an art gallery
a beauty salon



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Etymology 2



Extensive Definition

distinguish saloon
Salon, a word derived from the French for "large room", has taken on various meanings:



  • Salon (room) (or drawing room), a room in a house used for receiving guests.
  • Salon (gathering), private and public, of intellectuals to meet, discuss ideas and watch artistic performances.
  •, an online news magazine whose name is meant to evoke the idea of salon gatherings.
  • Salon International de l'Auto, the French name for the International Geneva Motor Show

Visual art


Other uses

  • Champagne Salon, a producer of Champagne
  • Salon music, piano music written in Romantic style, associated with salon room performances
salon in German: Salon
salon in French: Salon
salon in Italian: Salon
salon in Dutch: Salon
salon in Polish: Salon
salon in Swedish: Salong

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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