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sedan

[si-dan] /sɪˈdæn/
noun
1.
an enclosed automobile body having two or four doors and seating four or more persons on two full-width seats.
Origin
1625-1635
1625-35; of obscure origin

Sedan

[si-dan; French suh-dahn] /sɪˈdæn; French səˈdɑ̃/
noun
1.
a city in NE France, on the Meuse River: defeat and capture of Napoleon III 1870.
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British Dictionary definitions for sedan

sedan

/sɪˈdæn/
noun
1.
(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
2.
short for sedan chair
Word Origin
C17: of uncertain origin; compare Latin sēdēs seat

Sedan

/French sədɑ̃; English sɪˈdæn/
noun
1.
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
n.

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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Encyclopedia Article for sedan

Sedan

town, Ardennes departement, Champagne-Ardenne region, northeastern France. Sedan is situated 9 miles (14 km) southwest of the Belgian frontier. It lies on the right bank of the Meuse River along a loop in the river in a depression between two ridges. Most of the 17th- and 18th-century houses in the centre of the town were destroyed during the German invasion of France in 1940 during World War II. The 15th-century castle is locally claimed to be the largest in Europe. A statue has been erected in the centre of the town to Marshal Henri de la Tour d'Auvergne, vicomte de Turenne, the famous 17th-century French soldier, who was born in the chateau of the stronghold.

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