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 entry 1
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

Examples of sedan in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Police said someone inside a red sedan fired shots, striking the victim to the right arm. Deanese Williams-harris,, 11 Sep. 2021 Those waiting for a hatchback model will be disappointed because Subaru says it'll only be offered as a sedan for now. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, 10 Sep. 2021 Footage from OnScene TV indicated the victim had been an occupant of a Kia Optima sedan that was stopped in the driveway of the glass commercial office building that houses the bank. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Sep. 2021 The South Carolina Highway Patrol told The State that Patten's motorcycle drove into the opposing lane and hit a sedan. Scooby Axson, USA TODAY, 3 Sep. 2021 Rod Mauldin said officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a small sedan in the 4100 block of Fifth Court North. Carol Robinson |, al, 1 Sep. 2021 Kontos said the average wholesale price for a midsize sedan that fits the CPO profile was $17,649. Jim Henry, Forbes, 31 Aug. 2021 In another neighborhood, Chahr-e-Shaheed, a crowd gathered around the remains of a four-door sedan apparently used by the attackers, which had what appeared to be six homemade rocket tubes mounted where the backseat should be, according to the AP. NBC News, 30 Aug. 2021 The pair pulled him from his 2005 silver Acura TL, assaulted him and took off in that vehicle and a dark Nissan sedan, police said. Jesse Leavenworth,, 30 Aug. 2021

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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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“Sedan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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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 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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