Etymology
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sortie (n.)

"attack of the besieged upon the besiegers," 1778, from French sortie (16c.), literally "a going out," noun use of fem. past participle of sortir "go out," from Vulgar Latin *surctire, from Latin surrectus, past participle of surgere "rise up" (see surge (n.)).

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Definitions of sortie

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