[ sawr-tee ]
/ ˈsɔr ti /


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.

verb (used without object), sor·tied, sor·tie·ing.

to go on a sortie; sally forth.

Origin of sortie

1680–90; <French, noun use of feminine past participle of sortir to go out Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for sortie

/ (ˈsɔːtɪ) /


  1. (of troops, etc) the act of emerging from a contained or besieged position
  2. the troops doing this
an operational flight made by one aircraft
a short or relatively short return trip

verb -ties, -tieing or -tied

(intr) to make a sortie

Word Origin for sortie

C17: from French: a going out, from sortir to go out
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