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 Both are intended to handle the everyday duties of a family sedan. Rich Ceppos, Car and Driver, "We'd Like Our Nissan Altima More If It Were Quicker," 6 Feb. 2020 The results come on the back of record deliveries of the Model 3 sedan. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Tesla made $105 million profit in Q4 2019 after record deliveries," 29 Jan. 2020 The Model 3 sedan has also become one of the best-selling passenger cars of any kind in America. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "Tesla stock cracks $500 in 'eye-popping rally' for Elon Musk's electric vehicle company," 13 Jan. 2020 Musk presided at a ceremony where a half-dozen buyers wearing red Tesla T shirts drove away new Model 3 sedans., "Prime has a new CEO," 7 Jan. 2020 In March, Tesla introduced us to the Model Y, an unsurprising crossover SUV version of the Model 3 sedan. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, "Tesla's topsy-turvy 2019," 21 Dec. 2019 Police rushed to the area and found the four cars total involved in the incident, but not the driver of the blue sedan nor the white four-door car believed to belong to the gunman, May said. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Road rage victim possibly kidnapped after crash, gunfire in north Houston, police say," 9 Dec. 2019 Officers were told occupants of a gray sedan were responsible. Nyssa Kruse, Arkansas Online, "Four Little Rock houses damaged by gunfire, police say," 26 Nov. 2019 Fire would later shoot from the hood and trunk of the sedan, naturally. Chris Varias,, "Review: Twenty One Pilots served up an 'eyeball feast' at U.S. Bank Arena," 23 Oct. 2019

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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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10 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Sedan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 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


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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