- a large reception hall or social room, as in a hotel or on a ship; saloon
- a drawing room of a private home in French-speaking countries
- a regular gathering of eminent writers, artists, scientists, etc. in the home of a well-known, often wealthy and influential person
- a room or gallery for the exhibition of works of art
- such an exhibition, esp. one held annually
- a shop or business establishment specially furnished for performing some personal service: beauty salon
Origin of salonFr: see saloon
- A large room, such as a drawing room, used for receiving and entertaining guests.
- A periodic gathering of people of social or intellectual distinction.
- A hall or gallery for the exhibition of works of art.
- A commercial establishment offering a product or service related to fashion: a beauty salon.
Origin of salonFrench, from Italian salone, augmentative of sala, hall, of Germanic origin.
From French salon (“reception room”), from Middle French, from Italian salone (“large hall”), augmented form of Italian sala (“hall”), from Lombardic sala (“room, house, entrance hall”), from Proto-Germanic *salą (“dwelling, house, hall”), from Proto-Indo-European *sel- (“human settlement, village, dwelling”). Cognate with Old High German sal (“room, house, entrance hall”), Old English sæl (“room, hall, castle”), Old Church Slavonic селó (seló, “courtyard, village”), Lithuanian sala (“village”).