Definition of sedan in English:



  • 1historical An enclosed chair for conveying one person, carried between horizontal poles by two porters.

    • ‘It's said that long ago an Immortal found out that a devil had followed the wedding parade of a bride who was being carried in a sedan chair.’
    • ‘Manservants of the Warlord dressed in bright red, the color of life, carried a scarlet sedan chair draped in crimson silk and embroidered with designs of phoenixes.’
    • ‘Then, clad richly in gold from head to toe, the leader appeared at the top of the wall escorted by several servants who were carrying him in a sedan chair.’
    • ‘As the Viceroy was being carried in a sedan chair away from the viewing stand, a Chinese man jumped out of the crowd lining the street, lifted a pistol, fired a single shot into the Viceroy's head.’
    • ‘And it was transported around the countryside by two peasants, like a sedan chair.’
    sedan chair, palanquin
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  • 2North American A car having a closed body and a closed boot separated from the part in which the driver and passengers sit; a saloon.

    • ‘Most of the Toyota Camry cars are sedans but the Camry was also sold as a station wagon.’
    • ‘On the other hand, members of the Leone family drive pristine, sporty black sedans.’
    • ‘The Avalon was introduced as the Toyota flagship sedan for model year '95.’
    • ‘Not quite a sedan or SUV, today's station wagons are stylish, functional and fast.’
    • ‘Pacifica's high belt-line offers a feeling of security on the inside that you don't get from most sedans or SUVs.’
    • ‘From behind the driver's seat, you'd think you were in a luxury sport sedan.’
    • ‘Is a four-door family sedan the same as a pick-up truck?’
    • ‘Ford is considering adopting the 300-volt system for other vehicles in its line-up, including larger SUVs and sedans.’
    • ‘The car has been described as the world's best four-door sports sedan.’
    • ‘Can a compact car be endowed with the allure of a sporty luxury sedan?’
    • ‘Probably adds between 50 to 60 cents filling up a large family sedan.’
    • ‘Around half an hour later the suspect in a blue sedan pulled out of the driveway.’
    • ‘I was about to protest when a red sedan pulled up to the sidewalk.’
    • ‘Two days after the Clarks bought the midsize sedan, Lori Clark had a fender bender.’
    • ‘Many have drivetrains taken from sport sedans, with suspensions to match.’
    • ‘The 2003 model year is when Mercedes is expected to introduce a redesigned E-Class sedan.’
    • ‘Just as it pulled away, a black sedan pulled up, Melanie's sister sitting at the wheel.’
    • ‘Are you looking for a sports car, or do you have children and need a sedan, minivan or SUV?’
    • ‘Which could spell trouble for Toyota and Honda, who sell their compact sedans based largely on quality and reliability.’
    • ‘Should race cars then be illegal because people may drive their ordinary sedan at a high speed around corners?’


Perhaps an alteration of an Italian dialect word, based on Latin sella ‘saddle’, from sedere ‘sit’.