noun tal·ly \ˈta-lē\

: a recorded count of scores, votes, etc.

: a record of money that has been paid and money that has been received

: a score or point made in a game or sport

plural tallies

Full Definition of TALLY

:  a device (as a notched rod or mechanical counter) for visibly recording or accounting especially business transactions
a :  a recorded reckoning or account (as of items or charges) <keep a daily tally of accidents>
b :  a score or point made (as in a game)
a :  a part that corresponds to an opposite or companion member :  complement
b :  a state of correspondence or agreement

Examples of TALLY

  1. What is the final tally?
  2. Her second goal turned out to be the game-winning tally.

Origin of TALLY

Middle English talye, from Anglo-French talie, taille, in part from tailler to cut, measure, count; in part from Medieval Latin tallia, alteration of Latin talea plant cutting, thin piece of wood
First Known Use: 15th century

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: to record and count or calculate (something)

: to agree or match

: to score (a goal, point, etc.) in a game or sport


Full Definition of TALLY

transitive verb
a :  to record on or as if on a tally :  tabulate
b :  to list or check off (as a cargo) by items
c :  to register (as a score) in a contest
:  to make a count of :  reckon
:  to cause to correspond
intransitive verb
a :  to make a tally by or as if by tabulating
b :  to register a point in a contest :  score

Examples of TALLY

  1. He tallied his expenses every day.
  2. The numbers on the old list and the new list don't tally.

First Known Use of TALLY

15th century

Rhymes with TALLY


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