noun \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


Next Word in the Dictionary: sally–bloom
Previous Word in the Dictionary: sallowy
All Words Near: sally

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up sally? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Get Our Free Apps
Voice Search, Favorites,
Word of the Day, and More
Join Us on FB & Twitter
Get the Word of the Day and More