[ sawr-tid ]
/ ˈsɔr tɪd /

adjective Geology.

(of sedimentary particles) uniform in size.
(of sedimentary rock) consisting of particles of uniform size.

Origin of sorted

First recorded in 1945–50; sort + -ed2

Related forms

well-sort·ed, adjective

Can be confused

sordid sorted

Definition for sorted (2 of 2)

Origin of sort

1200–50; (noun) Middle English < Middle French sorte < Medieval Latin sort- (stem of sors) kind, allotted status or portion, lot, Latin: orig., voter's lot; (v.) Middle English sorten to allot, arrange, assort (< Middle French sortir) < Latin sortīrī to draw lots, derivative of sors; later senses influenced by the noun and by assort

Related forms

Can be confused

kind2 sort type (see usage note at kind2) (see usage note at type)

Usage note

See kind2. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sorted

British Dictionary definitions for sorted (1 of 2)


/ (ˈsɔːtɪd) slang /


an exclamation of satisfaction, approval, etc


possessing the desired recreational drugs

British Dictionary definitions for sorted (2 of 2)


/ (sɔːt) /



Derived Forms

sortable, adjectivesortably, adverbsorter, noun

Word Origin for sort

C14: from Old French, from Medieval Latin sors kind, from Latin: fate


See kind 2
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Idioms and Phrases with sorted


see after a fashion (sort); all kinds (sorts) of; bad sort; it takes all sorts; kind (sort) of; nothing of the kind (sort); of sorts; out of sorts.

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