Sortie definition

sôrtē, sôr-tē
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To go on a sortie.
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An armed attack, especially one made from a place surrounded by enemy forces.
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The definition of a sortie is a mission by a military plane, or a raid made while being surrounded by an enemy.

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.

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A flight of a combat aircraft on a mission.
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One mission by a single military plane.
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The forces making such a raid.
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(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.
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To sally.
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A sudden rushing forth; sally; specif., a quick raid on besiegers by those besieged.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
sortie
Plural:
sorties

Origin of sortie

  • French from feminine past participle of sortir to go out from Old French

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Borrowing from French sortie

    From Wiktionary