sedan chair
Sedan Se*dan", n. [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.] A portable chair or covered vehicle for carrying a single person, -- usually borne on poles by two men. Called also {sedan chair}. [1913 Webster]

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  • sedan chair — sedan chairs N COUNT A sedan chair is an enclosed chair for one person carried on two poles by two men, one in front and one behind. Sedan chairs were used in the 17th and 18th centuries …   English dictionary

  • sedan chair — n. an enclosed chair for one person, with glass windows, carried on poles by two men, in use in Europe in the 17th and 18th cent …   English World dictionary

  • sedan chair — sedan′ chair n. trs an enclosed vehicle for one person, borne on poles by two bearers • Etymology: 1740–50 …   From formal English to slang

  • sedan chair — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms sedan chair : singular sedan chair plural sedan chairs a covered seat on two long poles that was used in the past for carrying an important person around …   English dictionary

  • sedan chair — noun a closed litter for one passenger • Syn: ↑sedan • Hypernyms: ↑litter • Hyponyms: ↑jampan …   Useful english dictionary

  • sedan chair — se.dan chair n [Date: 1600 1700; Origin: Perhaps from Latin sella seat , from sedere; SEDENTARY] a seat on two poles with a cover around it, used in the past to carry an important person …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • sedan chair — se dan ,chair noun count a covered seat on two long poles used in the past for carrying an important person around …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • sedan chair — /səˈdæn tʃɛə/ (say suh dan chair) noun a portable wheelless vehicle for one person, borne on poles by two men, one before and one behind, much used during the 17th and 18th centuries …   Australian English dictionary

  • sedan chair — an enclosed vehicle for one person, borne on poles by two bearers and common during the 17th and 18th centuries. [1740 50] * * * …   Universalium

  • sedan chair — noun A small litter or palanquin, seating a single person, often borne on two poles and carried by two people …   Wiktionary

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