noun, plural salons
[suh-lonz; French sa-lawn] /səˈlɒnz; French saˈlɔ̃/ (Show IPA)
a drawing room or reception room in a large house.
an assembly of guests in such a room, especially an assembly, common during the 17th and 18th centuries, consisting of the leaders in society, art, politics, etc.
a hall or place used for the exhibition of works of art.
a shop, business, or department of a store offering a specific product or service, especially one catering to a fashionable clientele:
a dress salon; a hair salon.
(initial capital letter)

the Salon, an annual exhibition of works of art by living artists, originally held at the Salon d’Apollon: it became, during the 19th century, the focal point of artistic controversy and was identified with academicism and official hostility to progress in art.
a national exhibition of works of art by living artists:
Salon des Refusés; Salon des Indépendants.

a room in a large house in which guests are received
an assembly of guests in a fashionable household, esp a gathering of major literary, artistic, and political figures from the 17th to the early 20th centuries
a commercial establishment in which hairdressers, beauticians, etc, carry on their businesses: beauty salon

a hall for exhibiting works of art
such an exhibition, esp one showing the work of living artists

salon definition

A periodic gathering of persons noted in literature, philosophy, the fine arts, or similar areas, held at one person’s home. Salons thrived in the Enlightenment.


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