Nearby words

  1. sorrowful,
  2. sorrowfully,
  3. sorrows,
  4. sorrows of young werther, the,
  5. sorry,
  6. sort code,
  7. sort out,
  8. sorta,
  9. sortal,
  10. sortation


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 confusedkind2 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

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British Dictionary definitions for unsorted


/ (sɔːt) /



Derived Formssortable, 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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Word Origin and History for unsorted
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Idioms and Phrases with unsorted


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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