[ sal-ee ]
/ ˈsæl i /

noun, plural sal·lies.

verb (used without object), sal·lied, sal·ly·ing.

Nearby words

  1. sallenders,
  2. sallet,
  3. sallow,
  4. sallowy,
  5. sallust,
  6. sally army,
  7. sally lunn,
  8. sally port,
  9. sallyport,
  10. salmagundi

Origin of sally

1535–45; < Middle French saillie attack, noun use of feminine past participle of saillir to rush forward < Latin salīre to leap

Related formssal·li·er, nounout·sal·ly, verb (used with object), out·sal·lied, out·sal·ly·ing.un·sal·ly·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sallied


/ (ˈsælɪ) /

noun plural -lies

verb -lies, -lying or -lied (intr)

Derived Formssallier, noun

Word Origin for sally

C16: from Old French saillie, from saillir to dash forwards, from Latin salīre to leap


/ (ˈsælɪ) /

noun plural -lies

the lower part of a bell rope, where it is caught at handstroke, into which coloured wool is woven to make a grip

Word Origin for sally

C19: perhaps from an obsolete or dialect sense of sally 1 leaping movement


/ (ˈsælɪ) /

noun plural -lies

a member of the Salvation Army
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Word Origin and History for sallied
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