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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Gualdino was on duty in an unmarked 2012 Chevy Impala when the driver of a BMW sedan lost control of the car and crossed into the opposite lane. Fox News, 3 Dec. 2022 Hyundai showed the new 2023 Ioniq 6 at last week's L.A. auto show and announced a few more enticing details about the U.S. version of this electric sedan. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, 21 Nov. 2022 Base price: $79,825 Pros: Electric vehicle of luxury sport sedan. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, 17 Nov. 2022 Zander was dismayed — but not at the loss of the sedan. Globe Staff,, 16 Nov. 2022 During a further search of the sedan, the officer located marijuana, unopened vapes, mushrooms, a razor blade and $128 in cash. John Benson, cleveland, 8 Nov. 2022 The occupant of the sedan was fatally injured and was pronounced dead at the scene. Tandra Smith |, al, 5 Nov. 2022 In another shooting Saturday night, a 16-year-old was standing outside in the 1200 block of South Fairfield Avenue at approximately 8:20 p.m. when two men climbed out of a dark-colored sedan and shot at him, police said. Adriana Pérez, Chicago Tribune, 23 Oct. 2022 Some versions of the Model 3 sedan and Model Y SUV may be eligible, but buyers will still have to meet the income requirements. Matt Mcfarland, CNN, 20 Oct. 2022 See More

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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 7 Dec. 2022.

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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