- An example of a sortie is a plane carrying out orders to bomb a site.
- An example of a sortie is a group of fighters rising up against those who are coming for them.
- a sudden rushing forth; sally; specif., a quick raid on besiegers by those besieged
- the forces making such a raid
- one mission by a single military plane
Origin of sortieFrench ; from sortir, to issue, go out ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form sortire, probably ; from Classical Latin sortitus, chosen, selected by lot, past participle of sortiri ; from sors: see sort
- An armed attack, especially one made from a place surrounded by enemy forces.
- A flight of a combat aircraft on a mission.
intransitive verbsor·tied, sor·tie·ing, sor·ties
Origin of sortieFrench, from feminine past participle of sortir, to go out, from Old French.
- (military) An offensive military mission. Used originally to mean an attack from a fortress, but most commonly used today to describe a single mission by a military aircraft.
(third-person singular simple present sorties, present participle sortying or sortieing, simple past and past participle sortied)
- To sally.