- a rapid movement of troops from a besieged place to attack the besiegers.
- a body of troops involved in such a movement.
- the flying of an airplane on a combat mission.
- to go on a sortie; sally forth.
Origin of sortie
Examples from the Web for sortie
My grandfather, his father, was a WW1 ace and was on the sortie which downed the Red Baron.The Story Behind This Photo of an RAF Pilot
March 17, 2013
But the British have retreated, you say, and there was a sortie from the fort?In the Valley
It was difficult to reply to this, for a sortie was out of the question.
The question of a sortie began now to be seriously discussed.
Boone was wounded, and very nearly lost his life, in a sortie.Chronicles of Border Warfare
Alexander Scott Withers
All the signs pointed to a sortie in force from the fortifications.Personal Recollections of a Cavalryman
J. H. (James Harvey) Kidd
- (of troops, etc) the act of emerging from a contained or besieged position
- the troops doing this
- an operational flight made by one aircraft
- a short or relatively short return trip
- (intr) to make a sortie
Word Origin and History for sortie
"attack of the besieged upon the besiegers," 1778, from French sortie (16c.), literally "a going out," noun use of fem. past participle of sortir "go out," from Vulgar Latin *surctire, from Latin surrectus, past participle of surgere "rise up" (see surge (n.)).