noun sal·ly \ˈsa-lē\

: a clever and funny remark

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

plural sallies

Full Definition of SALLY

:  an action of rushing or bursting forth; especially :  a sortie of troops from a defensive position to attack the enemy
a :  a brief outbreak :  outburst
b :  a witty or imaginative saying :  quip
:  a venture or excursion usually off the beaten track :  jaunt

Examples of SALLY

  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 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

Other Military Terms

bivouac, logistics, petard, salient, supernumerary, tactical


intransitive verb

Definition of SALLY

:  to leap out or burst forth suddenly
:  set out, depart —often used with forth

First Known Use of SALLY


Rhymes with SALLY


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