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Date: 1600-1700
Language: French
Origin: sortir 'to go out'

sortie

1 noun
     
Related topics: Army, Airforce
sor‧tie1 [countable]
1PMP a short flight made by a plane over enemy land, in order to bomb a city, military defences etc:
The US and its allies carried out 44,000 sorties during this period.
2 a short trip, especially to an unfamiliar place:
We made a sortie from our hotel to the open-air market.
3 British English an attempt to do or take part in something new
sortie into
Australia's first sortie into the wine trade
4PMA British English an attack in which an army leaves its position for a short time to attack the enemy

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