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), sortied, sortieing.
to go on a sortie; sally forth.

1680–90; < French, noun use of feminine past participle of sortir to go out Unabridged
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sortie (ˈsɔːtɪ)
1.  a.  (of troops, etc) the act of emerging from a contained or besieged position
 b.  the troops doing this
2.  an operational flight made by one aircraft
3.  a short or relatively short return trip
vb , -ties, -tieing, -tied
4.  (intr) to make a sortie
[C17: from French: a going out, from sortir to go out]

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Word Origin & History

"attack of the besieged upon the besiegers," 1778, from Fr. sortie, lit. "a going out," noun use of fem. pp. of sortir "go out," from O.Fr., "to go out, escape," from V.L. *surctire, from pp. of L. surgere "rise up" (see surge).
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Example sentences
With an average sortie length for the squadron of about ten hours, the crews put up with sore rumps.
Regard your visit as the first sortie of many to come if you want to see it all.
By that time, it was far too late in the southern season to open preparations for this first sortie across the great ice shelf.
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