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is a fixed idiom, meaning that something resembles something else, or fulfills its function, but isn't really that thing.

in some respects but not entirely or truly
1.He's a celebrity of sorts in our town.

means that he is known well in our town but does not have the status of a true celebrity.

2.Her house is a museum of sorts

mean that she has quite a collection of things in her house but she doesn't have public hours or an admission fee, for example.
by hanyahmedezz March 07, 2011
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