1. 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. --Macaulay.
2. 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.] --J. P. Mahaffy.
n 1: a room or establishment where alcoholic drinks are served
over a counter; "he drowned his sorrows in whiskey at
the bar" [syn: barroom, bar, ginmill, taproom]
2: tavern consisting of a building with a bar and public rooms;
often provides light meals [syn: public house, pub, pothouse,
gin mill, taphouse]