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sally

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noun sal·ly \ˈsa-lē\

Simple Definition of sally

  • : a clever and funny remark

  • : a sudden attack in which a group of soldiers rush forward against an enemy

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of sally

plural

sallies

  1. 1 :  an action of rushing or bursting forth; especially :  a sortie of troops from a defensive position to attack the enemy

  2. 2a :  a brief outbreak :  outburstb :  a witty or imaginative saying :  quip

  3. 3 :  a venture or excursion usually off the beaten track :  jaunt

Examples of sally in a sentence

  1. <a morning sally out to see the historic monuments around the city>

  2. <the final sally made her laugh, and that ended the argument>



Origin and Etymology of sally

Middle French saillie, from Old French, from saillir to rush forward, from Latin salire to leap; akin to Greek hallesthai to leap


First Known Use: 1560


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sally

intransitive verb sal·ly

Definition of sally

sallied

sallying

  1. 1 :  to leap out or burst forth suddenly

  2. 2 :  set out, depart —often used with forth



1560

First Known Use of sally

1560



SALLY Defined for Kids

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sally

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noun sal·ly \ˈsa-lē\

Definition of sally for Students

plural

sallies

  1. 1 :  a sudden attack especially by besieged soldiers

  2. 2 :  a clever and funny remark




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sally

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verb sal·ly

Definition of sally for Students

sallied

sallying

  1. 1 :  to rush out <When I had first sallied from the door, the other mutineers had been already swarming up the palisade … — Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island>

  2. 2 :  to set out (as from home) <We sallied forth at dusk.>





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