sor·​tie | \ ˈsȯr-tē How to pronounce sortie (audio) , sȯr-ˈtē\

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
3a : foray, raid
b : excursion, expedition diving sorties

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Other Words from sortie

sortie intransitive verb sortied; sortieing

Examples of sortie in a Sentence

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

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During a six-month deployment, the George Washington group launched approximately 10,000 sorties, including offensive strike missions, first against the Taliban and al-Qaeda, then enforcing the no-fly zone against Iraq. Jim Geraghty, National Review, "Joe Sestak: The Most Interesting Democrat You Forgot Was Running," 6 Aug. 2019 The skies over Southern California saw an impressive display of air power on last week as the U.S. Marine Corps’ Marine Aircraft Group 16 staged a mass sortie, launching 43 aircraft into the air at once. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Watch 43 Marine Corps Aircraft Take Off Together in an Elephant Walk," 14 June 2019 Landry flew thirty sorties in a B-17 bomber and survived a crash landing. Rich Cohen, Harper's magazine, "The Wood Chipper," 19 Aug. 2019 Boris thought about correcting Arkan, pointing out that the Brits were flying very few sorties over Serbia at the moment and that the vast majority, if not all, of the bombing was being done by the Americans. Kevin Cullen,, "Sorry, terribly sorry, but the Brits will survive Brexit and Boris Johnson," 10 July 2019 Taiwan's fighter pilots are trained to land on freeways between sorties in case all of the island's airports have been occupied or destroyed by an invasion. Ben Westcott, CNN, "A Chinese invasion of Taiwan would be a bloody, logistical nightmare," 23 June 2019 But from the ground, the destruction is clear and unforgiving: A 33-foot wide, 13-foot gouge into the earth that began in the 1940s with an Allied sortie and ended Sunday morning in a massive blast in a barley field in central Germany. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Massive blast leaves crater in German barley field," 25 June 2019 The Marines sent just six of them on their first deployment to the Middle East, and over several months only managed to fly, on average, one combat sortie per plane every three days. Andrew Cockburn, Harper's magazine, "The Military-Industrial Virus," 10 June 2019 Allied air forces flew more than 9000 sorties Wednesday, bombing, and strafing the enemy from the Normandy beachheads to 100 miles inside of France. Houston Chronicle, "FIRST INVASION GOAL REACHED," 9 June 2019

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First Known Use of sortie

1778, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sortie

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

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English Language Learners Definition of sortie

: 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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