sa·lon / səˈlän; saˈlôn/ • n. 1. an establishment where a hairdresser, beautician, or couturier conducts business.2. a reception room in a large house. ∎ hist. a social gathering of eminent people (esp. writers and artists). at the house of a woman prominent in high society.
1. Large, high room, frequently with a vaulted ceiling, and often of double height (i.e. rising the equivalent of two storeys), serving as one of the principal reception-rooms in a palace or great house, or as a means of communication through which the main rooms can be reached (called salone in Italian). Sometimes it was circular or elliptical on plan.
2. Large apartment or hall, especially in a hotel or other place frequented by the public, adapted for assemblies, entertainments, exhibitions, etc.
3. Public room for a specific purpose, e.g. billiards, dancing, or drinking (saloon-bar)
4. A drawing-room in a house.
a gathering or reception in a Parisian house, 1810; similar gatherings at other capitals; the annual exhibition in Paris of paintings, sculpture, etc., by living artists.