Meaning of “sort” - Learner’s Dictionary


noun uk us /sɔːt/

A2 [ C ] a type of something:

We both like the same sort of music.
What sort of shoes does she wear?
I'm going to have a salad of some sort.
all sorts of sth

A2 many different types of something

sort of informal

B2 used to describe a situation approximately:

It's a sort of pale orange colour.
(and) that sort of thing informal

B1 used to show that what you have just said is only an example from a larger group of things:

They sell souvenirs, postcards, that sort of thing.
of sorts informal

used to describe something that is not a typical example:

He managed to make a curtain of sorts out of an old sheet.

(Definition of “sort noun” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)