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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SEDAN

It is the evening of Sedan, the most momentous victory of the century.

Above all, they still remained an army: they had not yet found their Sedan.

I was sent for by the Count to Sedan to tell him the state of Paris.

In the fierce fighting at Sedan, each in turn saved the other's life.

Your sister lives in Sedan, you say; perhaps we shall be there before long.

I might know you would rather be somewhere else than at Sedan, under the circumstances.

All that remained for them to do was to retreat and seek security under the walls of Sedan.

Sedan's proportionate share of the assessment was forty-two thousand francs.

Consider the men who carried me in my sedan chair in Canton.

I was conveyed to church in a sedan chair on account of the steep ascent.

WORD ORIGIN

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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