from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An armed attack, especially one made from a place surrounded by enemy forces.
  • n. A flight of a combat aircraft on a mission.
  • intransitive v. To go on a sortie.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. 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.
  • v. To sally.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The sudden issuing of a body of troops, usually small, from a besieged place to attack or harass the besiegers; a sally.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A going forth; a sally; specifically, the issuing of a body of troops from a besieged place to attack the besiegers; an outrush of a beleaguered garrison.
  • n. Same as postlude.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a military action in which besieged troops burst forth from their position
  • n. (military) an operational flight by a single aircraft (as in a military operation)


French, from feminine past participle of sortir, to go out, from Old French.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowing from French sortie (Wiktionary)



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