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

Footage taken by the KXAS-TV (NBC5) helicopter showed a white sedan with several bullet holes in the driver's side window stopped in an apartment complex parking lot. Dallas News, "2 injured in shooting that prompted lockout at Euless elementary school, police say," 20 Aug. 2019 Officials say the girlfriend arrived in a white sedan owned by someone else. Htv National Desk, Houston Chronicle, "Police say man used tractor to dump dirt on car with his girlfriend inside," 19 Aug. 2019 The third theft took place July 22 at the Aldi’s and At Home stores by thieves in a white sedan, according to Draper. Jerry Fallstrom,, "Clermont police seek public’s help in solving ‘distraction’ thefts," 25 July 2019 Officer Clark’s camera then captures Sansbury shooting backwards at the officers and falling behind a white sedan before continuing onward. Hanna Krueger,, "Footage shows suspects in Uptown CVS shootout fired first, striking officer in shoulder," 25 June 2019 The cyclist, identified by as Hank Bosak, told the website that the driver of a black or blue sedan passed him very closely., "Hillsboro cyclist nearly stabbed by person in car, police say," 25 June 2019 Video surveillance showed a white Chevy sedan pulling into the parking lot and leaving a short time later, police said. Andrew Stanton,, "Hanson police investigating vandalism at town hall, school," 18 June 2019 Police said a white or blue Honda sedan with two men inside pulled alongside the Toyota and began yelling out the window before firing at least two shots into the vehicle. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Woman riding in a vehicle shot in I-70 drive-by shooting," 9 June 2019 And so the legend is told: Florida is the place from which pickleball migrated to the Jersey shore, paddles and balls stashed in the trunks of white sedans with Florida plates driven by snowbirds to their summer homes. Amy S. Rosenberg,, "Ocean City and the most cutthroat pickleball game at the Jersey Shore," 11 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'sedan.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of sedan


1635, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sedan


origin unknown

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about sedan

Dictionary Entries near sedan






sedan chair

sedan delivery truck

Statistics for sedan

Last Updated

8 Sep 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for sedan

The first known use of sedan was in 1635

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for sedan



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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on sedan

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with sedan

Spanish Central: Translation of sedan

Nglish: Translation of sedan for Spanish Speakers Encyclopedia article about sedan

Comments on sedan

What made you want to look up sedan? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to make a temporary encampment

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Musical Words Quiz

  • gramophone
  • Which word describes a musical performance marked by the absence of instrumental accompaniment?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!