- 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
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Examples from the Web for sedan chair
She came to see my by herself in a sedan-chair, and I decided on seeing her.
At noon the mother came in a sedan-chair, and went to bed directly.
As I was leaving the opera-house I saw Therese getting into her sedan-chair.
I then helped her to finish her toilette, and we went off in the sedan-chair.
After my interview was over I got into my sedan-chair and went to Soho Square.
- a closed chair for one passenger, carried on poles by two bearers. It was commonly used in the 17th and 18th centuriesSometimes shortened to: sedan
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