se·​dan | \ si-ˈdan How to pronounce sedan (audio) \
plural sedans

Definition of sedan

1 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
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

Examples of sedan in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The three passengers in the sedan — at least two of whom are juveniles — were transported to area hospitals in serious condition. Shari Rudavsky, The Indianapolis Star, 17 Sep. 2022 The suspects then fled the location in a black Mazda 3 sedan. Danielle Wallace, Fox News, 15 Sep. 2022 Police do not suspect those who fled in the dark colored sedan were students, according to NBC Bay Area. Antonio Planas, NBC News, 14 Sep. 2022 That will change in September when sales of Genesis's electric sedan expand to four more states: Arizona, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, 30 Aug. 2022 Manufacturers are taking the opportunity to take the covers off new models, just like at a normal auto show, and electric launches this weekend include a prototype high-performance all-electric sedan Polestar 5, the Genesis GV70, and the MG5 EV. Neil Winton, Forbes, 24 June 2022 That’s around one-third the efficiency of a latest, greatest electric sedan like the Lucid Air. Wes Siler, Outside Online, 12 Apr. 2022 This performance model is based on the electric Mercedes EQE sedan that was revealed in the fall. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, 16 Feb. 2022 The Tesla Model 3, a popular electric sedan, carries a starting price of around $40,000., 12 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of sedan

1636, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sedan

origin unknown

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“Sedan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

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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

Sedan geographical name

Se·​dan | \ si-ˈdan How to pronounce Sedan (audio) , French sə-ˈdäⁿ \

Definition of Sedan

city in northeastern France on the Meuse River near the border with Belgium population 18,577

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