sortie

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noun sor·tie \ ˈsȯr-tē , sȯr-ˈtē \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of sortie

1 :a sudden issuing of troops from a defensive position against the enemy
2 :one mission or attack by a single plane
3 a :foray, raid
b :excursion, expedition
  • diving sorties

sortie

intransitive verb, sortied; sortieing

Examples of sortie in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of sortie

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


SORTIE Defined for English Language Learners

sortie

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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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