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 Lloyd’s Honda sedan was later found a few miles from the park – with its front and rear windows both smashed, the report said. Fox News, "California mom missing since June trip to Joshua Tree: report," 5 Aug. 2020 Hackett made a number of smart moves, among them shedding almost all of its money-losing passenger car line from the budget Fiesta to the luxury Lincoln sedan, not to mention the fading Taurus, once America's best selling brand. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "Ford’s Jim Hackett had a bold vision—but couldn’t improve this all-important financial metric," 4 Aug. 2020 The Brembos are firm and responsive, bringing the 2 to halt from 70 mph in a sports-sedan-like 157 feet. Rich Ceppos, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2021 Polestar 2 Goes Light on Style, Big on Tech," 3 Aug. 2020 As four Phoenix police officers surrounded a sedan parked in the driveway of a one-story house on Saturday, at least two of the officers had their guns drawn and pointed at the car. Allyson Chiu, Washington Post, "Protest erupts in Phoenix after viral video shows police fatally shooting man in parked car," 6 July 2020 Tesla, for example, switched to using an NFC card instead of a more conventional remote fob with the introduction of the Model 3 sedan several years ago. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Apple adds CarKey function to iOS14, BMW will support it first," 22 June 2020 Police initially requested citizen assistance in locating the occupants of the black sedan. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A man was shot during a road rage incident in Oak Creek, police say," 19 June 2020 The shooter got into a white sedan after the shooting and the vehicle drove away, the witness said. Shelly Bradbury, The Denver Post, "2 dead, another injured after South Tennyson Street shooting, according to Denver police," 11 Apr. 2020 Witnesses in Friday's fatal shooting told Halton Regional Police that a male suspect had fled the scene immediately following the shooting and authorities are now searching for gray four-door sedan similar to an Infiniti Q50 with a sunroof. Artemis Moshtaghian, CNN, "Canadian mobster killed in shooting, police say," 11 July 2020

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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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The first known use of sedan was in 1635

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8 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Sedan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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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


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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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