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[si-dan] /sɪˈdæn/
an enclosed automobile body having two or four doors and seating four or more persons on two full-width seats.
Origin of sedan
First recorded in 1625-35; of obscure origin


[si-dan; French suh-dahn] /sɪˈdæn; French səˈdɑ̃/
a city in NE France, on the Meuse River: defeat and capture of Napoleon III 1870. Unabridged
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(US & Canadian, NZ) a closed two-door or four-door car with four to six seats Also called (in Britain and certain other countries) saloon
short for sedan chair
Word Origin
C17: of uncertain origin; compare Latin sēdēs seat


/French sədɑ̃; English sɪˈdæn/
a town in NE France, on the River Meuse: passed to France in 1642; a Protestant stronghold (16th–17th centuries); scene of a French defeat (1870) during the Franco-Prussian War and of a battle (1940) in World War II, which began the German invasion of France. Pop: 20 548 (1999)
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Word Origin and History for sedan

1630s, "covered chair on poles," possibly from a southern Italian dialect derivative of Italian sede "chair" (cf. Italian seggietta, 1590s; the thing itself was said to have been introduced from Naples), from Latin sedes, related to sedere "sit" (see sedentary). Since Johnson's conjecture, often derived from the town of Sedan in France, where it was said to have been made or first used, but historical evidence for this is lacking.

Introduced in England by Sir Sanders Duncombe in 1634 and first called a covered chair. "In Paris the sedan-chair man was usually an Auvergnat, in London an Irishman" ["Encyclopaedia Britannica," 1929]. Meaning "closed automobile seating four or more" first recorded 1912, American English.

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