Saloon = sedan? Etymology, please

I found saloon used in The Reluctant Colonel with this meaning. I didn’t think about it much, other than, that’s weird. After finishing the book, I looked it up. Saloon can mean sedan (normal car) in the UK.

I just ran across this again, this time in Artemis Fowl.

Upon reading this second occurrence, I searched for the etymology of this word. (I don’t own an OED.) While I did find a few etymologies of saloon, none of them mentioned this definition.

So now I’m hoping. Can you help me, please? Tell me, how did this happen?

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3 responses to “Saloon = sedan? Etymology, please

  1. All you had to do was ask. 🙂 It’s not everyone who has the full OED upstairs. (Of course, because my OED is upstairs, it took me these many days to go upstairs and get the volume I needed and bring it downstairs to my computer. Go figure.)

    The 4th definition for “saloon” is “a large cabin in a passenger-boat for the common use of passengers in general or for those paying first-class fares; passenger cabin for an aeroplane.” 4b definition is “a railway carriage without compartments, furnished more or less luxuriously as a drawing-room or for a specific purpose.” 4c definition is “a type of motor car with a closed body for four or more passengers.”

    1st noted use of “saloon” in the 4c definition: Motor manual from 1908 (“Other forms of bodies fitted to more expensive cars include the brougham, landaulet, saloon, double phaeton, etc.”) Another use from 1927 (B.K. Seymour in Three Wives: “He … secured the services of a Buick saloon.”

    How’s that? 🙂

  2. Thanks, Dawn! It still doesn’t make sense to me, though. I’d found the definition, I just wonder how that came to be.

    • Don’t know about the OED, but as fars as English goes it maty be derived from the rhyming slang Saloon Bar = Car. Drooping the bar we have Saloon.

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