se·​dan si-ˈdan How to pronounce sedan (audio)
plural sedans
or sedan chair plural sedan chairs : a portable often covered chair that is designed to carry one person and that is borne on poles by two people
: a 2- or 4-door automobile seating four or more persons and usually having a permanent top compare coupe entry 1
: a motorboat having one passenger compartment

Examples of sedan in a Sentence

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Word History


origin unknown

First Known Use

1636, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of sedan was in 1636

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Cite this Entry

“Sedan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


se·​dan si-ˈdan How to pronounce sedan (audio)
: a portable often covered chair that is designed to hold one person and to be carried on poles by two people
: an enclosed automobile that seats four to seven persons including the driver in a single compartment and has a permanent top

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Se·​dan si-ˈdan How to pronounce Sedan (audio)
 French  sə-ˈdäⁿ
city in northeastern France on the Meuse River near the border with Belgium population 18,577

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