Definition of "sort" [sort]

  • A group of persons or things of the same general character; a kind. (noun)
  • Character or nature: books of all sorts. (noun)
  • One that exemplifies the characteristics of or serves a similar function to another: "A large dinner-party ... made a sort of general introduction for her to the society of the neighbourhood” ( George Eliot). (noun)
  • A person; an individual: The clerk is a decent sort. (noun)
  • A way of acting or behaving. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "sort" in a sentence
  • "_little plant_ or sort, as _Pouchong_, or _folded sort_, refers to the mode of packing it; _Campoi_ is corrupted from _kan pei_ i.e. carefully fired; _Chulan_ is the tea scented with the chulan flower, and applied to some kinds of scented green tea."
  • "She was approaching them at a brisk trot, greeting her numerous acquaintance as she passed with familiar nods, at each giving her horses an additional touch, and pursing up her lips to accelerate their speed; indeed, she was so intent upon the management of her reins, and her eyes so fixed upon her cattle, that there was no time for more than a sort of sidelong glance of recognition; and every additional smack of the whip seem'd to say, "_Here I come -- that's your sort_.""
  • "KIRBY: The title sort of emerged out of the text itself. . ."