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
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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No matter what engine Toyota puts in it, the ES will never be a sports sedan, running nose-to-tail with a BMW 5. Dan Neil, WSJ, "Lexus ES 300h: Spend on the Luxury, Save on Gas Money," 24 Jan. 2019 This is a compelling midsize sedan, capable of competing with others at a much higher price. Emma Jayne Williams, star-telegram, "Mazda6 sedan gets a major update for 2018, with more elegance, tech," 29 June 2018 The man did not touch the girls, who are 10 and 7, or try to get them into his car, which the girls described as a black and gray sedan, Lt. Christine Dempsey,, "Stranger Offered Candy, Followed Girls In Bristol, Officials Say," 20 June 2018 The only bit of the old-school material is the floorpan, which comes from the Volvo S90 sedan, chopped down in length. Jack Stewart, WIRED, "The Engineers Turning an Old Volvo Concept Into a $155,000 Hybrid," 18 June 2018 The sedan’s driver, 51-year-old Carol Sharrow, was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter. Kyle Swenson,, "A car crashed into a Maine Little League game. The ‘brave’ man who died saving kids had a dark secret," 4 June 2018 Woodburn fire officials extricated the sedan driver, who was taken to a hospital. Jim Ryan,, "Driver swerves to avoid crash, plows into Marion County business," 1 May 2018 The Model 3 sedan, aimed at the mass market, has been a hit, nearly outselling the Ford Fusion and Chevrolet Malibu last year despite costing much more. John D. Stoll, WSJ, "Tesla Should Pull an Apple: Leave ‘Production Hell’ to Other People," 25 Jan. 2019 Police found Thomas inside a gray sedan shortly after 6:30 a.m. Sunday on the ramp from U.S. 40 to I-70. Robert A. Cronkleton, kansascity, "Victim found shot to death on ramp along I-70 was Kansas City man," 10 July 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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sedan chair

sedan delivery truck

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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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