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
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

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The Model 3 sedan, aimed at the mass market, has been a hit, nearly outselling the Ford Fusion and Chevrolet Malibu last year despite costing much more. John D. Stoll, WSJ, "Tesla Should Pull an Apple: Leave ‘Production Hell’ to Other People," 25 Jan. 2019 Police found Thomas inside a gray sedan shortly after 6:30 a.m. Sunday on the ramp from U.S. 40 to I-70. Robert A. Cronkleton, kansascity, "Victim found shot to death on ramp along I-70 was Kansas City man," 10 July 2018 The images show a gray, four-door sedan, but investigators were interested in another vehicle as well, a white full-size SUV with vanity plates whose occupants may have witnessed the crash, according to police. Matthew Walberg, Daily Southtown, "9-year-old Chicago boy killed, mother, sister injured in hit-and-run at 86th and Cicero in Burbank," 18 June 2018 The suspects, possibly two men, fled in a gray four-door sedan. Jose R. Gonzalez, Houston Chronicle, "1 dead, another hospitalized after Humble gas station shooting," 16 June 2018 His home surveillance camera showed a gray sedan driving by his home at around 12:22 p.m. and returning about seven minutes later. Sara Cardine,, "Crime Report: Suspects use fake IDs to lift laptops off UPS drivers before delivery," 30 May 2018 In the incident in March, a Broward sheriff’s deputy used radar to track a gray 2014 Tesla sedan traveling at 112 mph in a 50 mph zone near Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, according to the citation. Lois K. Solomon,, "Tesla crash victim's aunt says car's maximum speed was 85 mph," 11 May 2018 Surveillance video showed Harter's maroon pick-up truck and Webb's gray four-door sedan traveling northbound at various times and locations in Lee's Summit on Saturday, court papers said. Elwyn Lopez And Darran Simon, CNN, "Suspect charged in fatal road rage stabbing of Air National Guard member," 11 May 2018 Anyone with information about the gray sedan is asked to call Baltimore County Police at 410-307-2020. Jessica Anderson,, "Motorcyclist killed in Rosedale crash, Baltimore County police say," 26 Apr. 2018

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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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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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