What does sedan mean?

Definitions for sedan
sɪˈdæn, -ˈdɑ̃sedan

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sedan, saloonnoun

    a car that is closed and that has front and rear seats and two or four doors

  2. sedan, sedan chairnoun

    a closed litter for one passenger


  1. sedannoun

    an enclosed windowed chair suitable for a single occupant, carried by at least two porters, in equal numbers in front and behind, using wooden rails that passed through metal brackets on the sides of the chair

  2. sedannoun

    The most common body style for modern cars, with a boot or trunk.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Sedannoun

    A kind of portable coach; a chair.

    Etymology: from sedes, Latin.

    Some beg for absent persons, feign them sick,
    Close mew’d in their sedans for want of air,
    And for their wives produce an empty chair. Dryden.

    By a tax of Cato’s it was provided, that women’s wearing cloaths, ornament and sedan, exceeding 121 l. 1 s. 10 d. half-penny, should pay 30 s. in the hundred pound value. Arbuthn.


  1. sedan

    A sedan is a type of passenger vehicle that typically has four doors and two rows of seating, separated by a fixed roof. The interior usually contains ample space for luggage. It is one of the most common types of cars, known for being comfortable and practical for commuting and family use.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sedannoun

    a portable chair or covered vehicle for carrying a single person, -- usually borne on poles by two men. Called also sedan chair

  2. Etymology: [Said to be named from Sedan, in France, where it was first made, and whence it was introduced into England in the time of King Charles I.]


  1. Sedan

    A sedan or saloon is a passenger car in a three-box configuration with A, B & C-pillars and principal volumes articulated in separate compartments for engine, passenger and cargo. The passenger compartment features two rows of seats and adequate passenger space in the rear compartment for adult passengers. The cargo compartment is typically in the rear, with the exception of some rear-engined models, such as the Renault Dauphine, Tatra T613, Volkswagen Type 3 and Chevrolet Corvair. It is one of the most common car body styles.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Sedan

    a town of France, in department of Ardennes, on the Maas, 164 m. NE. of Paris; once a strong fortress, but dismantled in 1875, where in 1870 Napoleon III. and 86,000 men under Marshal Macmahon surrendered to the Germans; noted for its cloth manufactories. Previous to the Edict of Nantes was a celebrated centre of Huguenot industry and theological learning.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. sedan

    A town of France, department of Ardennes, on the Meuse; it is fortified, and contains an arsenal and several magazines. On July 6, 1641, a victory was gained at La Marfée, near Sedan, by the Count of Soissons and the troops of Bouillon and other French princes over the royal army supporting Richelieu. On August 29-31, 1870, a series of desperate conflicts took place here between the French Army of the North under MacMahon (about 150,000 men), and the greater part of the three German armies, under the king and crown-prince of Prussia and the crown-prince of Saxony (about 250,000 men), and was brought to a close on September 1, 1870. The battle began with attacks on the French right and left, about 5 A.M., and was very severe at 2 P.M. At 4 P.M. the Germans remained masters of the field, and the crown-prince of Prussia announced a complete victory, the chief part of the French army retreating into Sedan. The emperor Napoleon was present during the battle, and, it is said, stood at Iges, near Sedan, exposed for four hours to the German grenades. The impossibility of further resistance was then evident. The Germans had contracted their circle close around Sedan; their formidable artillery held all the heights, from which they could at pleasure wholly destroy the town and the army, and only 2000 men were in a condition to respond to their commander’s call, and to make a supreme effort to break through the enemy with the emperor, and escape to Montmédy. At first, Gen. de Wimpffen (called to the command when MacMahon was wounded), indignantly rejected the terms offered by the victor, and the emperor had a fruitless interview with Count Bismarck to endeavor to mitigate them. On September 2, 1870, a capitulation of Sedan and the whole army therein was signed by Gens. von Moltke and de Wimpffen, at the chateau of Bellevue, near Frenois. The conflict was principally carried on by the artillery, in which the Germans had the advantage, not only in number (600 to 500), but also in weight, range, and precision. The carnage was awful, and the field the next day was a mass of shattered bones, torn flesh, and colored rags. About 25,000 French prisoners were taken in the battle, and 83,000 surrendered the next day, together with 70 mitrailleures, 400 field-pieces, and 150 fortress guns. About 14,000 French wounded were found lying in the neighborhood, and about 3000 escaped into Belgium and laid down their arms. The great Army of the North ceased to exist. On September 1, the village of Bazeilles was stormed by the Bavarians and burnt, it was said, because the inhabitants fired on the ambulances; many women and children perished. The French denied the provocation. The place had been previously twice bombarded and stormed by the maddened combatants.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. SEDAN

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Sedan is ranked #131379 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Sedan surname appeared 129 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Sedan.

    68.2% or 88 total occurrences were White.
    24.8% or 32 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    6.2% or 8 total occurrences were Asian.

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Anagrams for sedan »

  1. Andes

  2. Danes

  3. deans

  4. Deans

  5. DNase

  6. Sande

  7. Sedna

  8. snead

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sedan in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sedan in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of sedan in a Sentence

  1. James Chao:

    The product seems pretty good, styling wise, and they have got to get the core sedan product right which it appears that they have (with the GC9), but that's just the start of the brand building exercise. It will take years for them to build this brand, whether it's this brand or another brand, to upgrade to the Volkswagen level.

  2. Dave Sullivan:

    Kia hit a home run with the Soul - they figured out how to keep it fresh and fun, apply this formula to a rear-wheel drive sedan and they might be able to go after a younger consumer who is bored with the played-out BMW 3-Series but wants to move out of their Soul they have had since college.

  3. Lieutenant Ken Nelson:

    We were surprised that they were able to get their sedan to where they'd driven, they were trying to take a shortcut to Palm Springs and got on a dirt road that eventually turned into a trail and then just ended.

  4. Cedric Davy:

    We were looking at a four-seater with a completely different design -- not an SUV, not a sedan, something really, really unique in terms of design and creating a new segment, it's not dead, but for now, nobody is working on it.

  5. Jeff Bracken:

    In addition to the LS (a large sedan), there could be another flagship in our lineup, we'll define what it is in January.

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