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

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Gunn was with her daughter and another woman inside a blue Toyota sedan, stopped at the intersection, when about a dozen police vehicles en route to a crime scene approached at high speed, according to the lawsuit. Alice Yin,, "Lawyer releases video as family of woman, 84, sues over fatal Chicago police crash," 11 June 2019 After initial production troubles with the Model 3, its assembly line in Fremont, Calif., was churning out the new sedan, and customers were flocking to its stores. New York Times, "Tesla, Facing Setbacks and Skeptics, Tries to Get Back on Course," 10 June 2019 The new sedan will have all-wheel steering, a first for Bentley, as well as active anti-roll bars. Daniel Golson, Car and Driver, "The 2020 Bentley Flying Spur Debuts June 11 with Rear-Wheel Steering," 29 May 2019 The Jetta is an attractive, well-priced, no-nonsense compact sedan from a company who knows how to build them, cheaply and by the million, in Mexico. Dan Neil, WSJ, "2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI: The Quietly Legendary Sedan Turns 35," 2 May 2019 Musk announced Tesla would have to build the electric sedan around the clock to meet its mid-year production goal of 5,000 per week. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: Tesla," 29 Dec. 2018 In the footage, the sports sedan can be seen skidding out of control across the straight, empty section of highway at 111 mph and crashing into the safety barrier on the other side of the road. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "Driver dramatically wrecks $150G Maserati he borrowed from friend," 13 Sep. 2018 With the Model 3 far behind schedule, Tesla employees are working hard to completely rebuild a section on the electric sedan’s main assembly line. Russ Mitchell,, "Tesla drops reservation system, opens Model 3 orders to anybody," 10 July 2018 The driver fled in a green sedan, said police, who are reviewing surveillance cameras in the area that might have recorded the crime. Mensah M. Dean,, "Reward offered in 5-year-old's hit-and-run death," 23 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of sedan

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


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

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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