se·​dan | \ si-ˈdan How to pronounce sedan (audio) \

Definition of sedan

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a portable often covered chair that is designed to carry one person and that is borne on poles by two people
2a : a 2- or 4-door automobile seating four or more persons and usually having a permanent top — compare coupe entry 1
b : a motorboat having one passenger compartment


geographical name
Se·​dan | \ si-ˈdan How to pronounce Sedan (audio) , French sə-ˈdäⁿ \

Definition of Sedan (Entry 2 of 2)

city in northeastern France on the Meuse River near the border with Belgium population 18,577

Examples of sedan in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The group was celebrating Mexican Independence when a white Nissan sedan drove by about 10:25 p.m. Tuesday and someone inside fired shots. Paige Fry,, "Two shootings in two days, a block apart in Albany Park. ‘It’s too much blood. It’s not going to stop because people don’t know how to forgive.’," 16 Sep. 2020 The pursuit started at about 12:14 a.m. when police stopped a white Ford sedan at Taylor Avenue and Division Street, according to the release. Chris Mayhew, The Enquirer, "Court records: Bellevue police arrest man, woman after car pursuit in which drugs tossed from car," 10 Sep. 2020 Several groups of people spilled from nearby restaurants and parks to visit the crime scene, where an evidence marker stood near a black sedan with its doors open. Katelyn Umholtz | Staff Writer,, "Man fatally shot in New Orleans' Central City at South Saratoga and Thalia streets, police say," 9 Sep. 2020 The police statement says officers were attempting to stop a black sedan for traffic violations near 80th and Halsted Streets when the car allegedly fled the scene. Greg Hanlon,, "Ill. Girl, 10, Who Was Picking up Laptop for Remote Learning Is Killed by Car Fleeing Traffic Stop," 4 Sep. 2020 There is an ongoing investigation into an incident in Times Square involving a black Taurus sedan. Christina Capatides, CBS News, "Car accelerates through Black Lives Matter protesters in Times Square, who had gathered to honor Daniel Prude," 4 Sep. 2020 The incident took place about 9:25 p.m. on August 21 in the 10100 block of Lake June Road near Masters Drive, where police say a white sedan headed eastbound struck the victim, who was crossing the thoroughfare. Marc Ramirez, Dallas News, "Police hope to ID car that seriously injured teen pedestrian in Pleasant Grove," 28 Aug. 2020 Fire crews cut the 11-year-old boy from the white Subaru sedan, and he was flown to Rady Children’s Hospital by a medical helicopter, according to Bettencourt and CHP online logs. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Woman killed, man and 11-year-old boy hurt when car goes off cliff in North County," 21 Aug. 2020 The injured man attempted to stop a person from leaving the scene of an accident when the person shot him and fled in a light-color sedan. Washington Post, "Crime reports for Anne Arundel and Howard counties and for Annapolis," 9 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of sedan


1635, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sedan


origin unknown

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25 Sep 2020

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“Sedan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of sedan

US : a car that has four doors and that has room for four or more people


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Kids Definition of sedan

1 : a closed automobile that has two or four doors and a permanent top and seats four or more people

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