se·dan | \si-ˈdan \

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

b : a motorboat having one passenger compartment


geographical name
Se·dan | \si-ˈdan, 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

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The sedan finally stopped on Stetson Terrace, where both men were arrested without further incident. Elise Takahama,, "Two men arrested in car vandalism spree in Whitman," 14 July 2018 There is a decent amount of cargo space behind the rear seat, as well — 17.1 cubic feet, which is more than the average midsize sedan has in its trunk. G. Chambers Williams Iii, Houston Chronicle, "COMPACT," 13 July 2018 Officers responding to the call at Oak Park in the 600 block of East Alpine Avenue discovered the victim was pinned beneath the Nissan Versa sedan. Julia Sclafani, sacbee, "Car plows into Stockton park, fatally pinning man underneath as driver flees, police say," 11 July 2018 The new Kia Stinger performance sedan does not even come with a manual. Robert Duffer,, "The shift is on: Manual transmissions may be endangered but they're also beloved," 11 July 2018 Even as Tesla works around the clock to bring the Model 3 entry-luxury sedan up to mass-market production, the company is laying out rose pedals for its next car. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "Everything We Know About the Tesla Model Y," 11 July 2018 With each of its car models — first the Model S sedan, then the Model X SUV, now the Model 3 — Tesla starts production by building pricey versions of the vehicles, with high profit margins, before adding less-expensive editions. David R. Baker,, "Tesla lets more people order Model 3s, faster," 10 July 2018 Ruch and his partner were in the first, traveling behind the sedan. Julie Shaw,, "6 months after Philly police shot unarmed man, widow still seeks answers," 27 June 2018 The woman driving the black sedan was identified as Nikki M. Fife, 34, Fortune said. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "3-vehicle crash at Indian School Road and 87th Avenue leaves 1 dead," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of sedan


1635, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sedan


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English Language Learners Definition of sedan

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


se·dan | \si-ˈdan \

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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