sortie

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noun sor·tie \ˈsȯr-tē, sȯr-ˈtē\

Definition of sortie

  1. 1 :  a sudden issuing of troops from a defensive position against the enemy

  2. 2 :  one mission or attack by a single plane

  3. 3a :  foray, raidb :  excursion, expedition <diving sorties>

sortie

intransitive verb

Examples of sortie in a sentence

  1. <an occasional sortie to the city to rummage through some of its numerous used-book stores>

Origin and Etymology of sortie

French, from Middle French, from sortir to go out, leave


First Known Use: 1778


SORTIE Defined for English Language Learners

sortie

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noun sor·tie \ˈsȯr-tē, sȯr-ˈtē\

Definition of sortie for English Language Learners

  • : a sudden attack in which a group of soldiers rush forward against an enemy

  • : a mission or attack by a single plane



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