or Tal·lys, Tal·ys

[ tal-is ]

  1. Thomas, c1505–85, English organist and composer, especially of church music.

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How to use Tallis in a sentence

  • Women, say, may organize a bat mitzvah there, and even wear a Tallis (though tfilin are still up in the air, I believe).

    Women: Talk To The Wall | Bernard Avishai | June 14, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • Some of the compositions were by Tallis and some by Byrd, and they are fine and dignified specimens of both composers.

    Twelve Good Musicians | Frederick Bridge
  • With the exception of "If ye love me" I do not know any anthem by Tallis which compares with it in solemn and chaste expression.

    Twelve Good Musicians | Frederick Bridge
  • His style was not so broad as that of Tallis or so noble as that of Byrd, but he had a great influence upon the art.

    Twelve Good Musicians | Frederick Bridge
  • On the death of Tallis 1585, the patent was enjoyed by Byrd alone, and he made very good use of it.

    Twelve Good Musicians | Frederick Bridge
  • Then I began to beg him to take my Tallis and Tephillin (praying-shawl and phylacteries) for the twelve marks.

    Ghetto Comedies | Israel Zangwill

British Dictionary definitions for tallis (1 of 2)


tallith (tɑˈlit)

/ (ˈtɑlis) /

  1. Judaism a fringed shawl worn by Jewish men during morning prayers

Origin of tallis

from Hebrew, literally: a cover

British Dictionary definitions for Tallis (2 of 2)


/ (ˈtælɪs) /

  1. Thomas. ?1505–85, English composer and organist; noted for his music for the Anglican liturgy

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