sedan chair

  1. an enclosed vehicle for one person, borne on poles by two bearers and common during the 17th and 18th centuries.

Origin of sedan chair

First recorded in 1740–50

Words Nearby sedan chair Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use sedan chair in a sentence

  • This cross between a wheelbarrow and a sedan-chair was supported and trundled along the street by four bearers.

    Our Little Korean Cousin | H. Lee M. Pike
  • Several liveried servants entered, and then a sedan chair was borne in by appropriately dressed dogs.

    Minnie's Pet Dog | Madeline Leslie
  • Besides the litter in which the passenger reclined a sedan chair was common in which he sat erect.

    The Private Life of the Romans | Harold Whetstone Johnston
  • Having carefully dressed, Chopin made his way to Dr. Kreyssig's in a sedan-chair.

  • In an hour woman, sedan chair, lantern would all be beneath a level plain of sand.

    Six Women | Victoria Cross

British Dictionary definitions for sedan chair

sedan chair

  1. a closed chair for one passenger, carried on poles by two bearers. It was commonly used in the 17th and 18th centuries: Sometimes shortened to: sedan

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