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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Ford moved production of the Focus sedan from Michigan to China, which saved the company around $1 billion. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Trump says China might kill car tariffs, which would boost foreign automakers," 3 Dec. 2018 Sales of the Cruze sedan, the model made at the Lordstown plant, have declined for years, and shifts at the factory had gradually been cut over the last few years, from three a day to just one. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "When towns lose a factory, what comes next?," 29 Nov. 2018 Forget the impending death of the sedan, as an automotive species the station wagon should be on life support. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Volvo’s new V60 is proof the station wagon must never die," 17 Oct. 2018 The sedan still has stalks sticking out of its sides, but their lower-profile design reduces aerodynamic drag for fuel efficiency and cuts down on wind noise. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "Don't look back: Lexus launching first digital side view mirrors," 12 Sep. 2018 The sedan does have one advantage over the SUV: the trunk. WSJ, "Good Riddance to the Long-Run Sedan Era," 31 Aug. 2018 On Tuesday, the department’s Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision Team, which is investigating the crash, released two surveillance camera images of a sedan. Jeremy C. Fox,, "Police release images of car sought in fatal motorcycle crash in Dorchester," 11 July 2018 The Ghibli sedan, for instance, has 1.8 trillion available configurations, covering everything from engines to its exterior and interior color palette. Eric D. Lawrence,, "Future of Fiat Chrysler depends on Alfa Romeo, Maserati moreso than Fiat, Chrysler," 12 June 2018 The 39-foot turning circle is large, but some family sedans have a foot-wider radius. Mark Maynard,, "2018 Buick Enclave Avenir: French flair for working-class luxury," 11 May 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

: 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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