- 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.
The definition of a sortie is a mission by a military plane, or a raid made while being surrounded by an enemy.
- 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
To go on a sortie.
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.