Definitions for sallyˈsæl i

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

sal•lyˈsæl i(n.)(pl.)-lies

  1. (n.)a sortie of troops from a besieged place against an enemy.

    Category: Military

  2. a sudden rushing forth.

  3. an excursion or side trip.

  4. an outburst of passion, flight of fancy, etc.

  5. a witty remark; quip.

  6. (v.i.)to make a sally, as a body of troops from a besieged place.

  7. to set out, as on an excursion; venture (often fol. by forth).

  8. to rush or burst out.

Origin of sally:

1535–45; < MF saillie, n. use of fem. ptp. of saillir to rush forward < L salīre to leap

Princeton's WordNet

  1. wisecrack, crack, sally, quip(noun)

    witty remark

  2. sortie, sally(noun)

    a military action in which besieged troops burst forth from their position

  3. sally, sallying forth(noun)

    a venture off the beaten path

    "a sally into the wide world beyond his home"


  1. Sally(ProperNoun)

    , also used as a formal given name.

  2. Sally(ProperNoun)

    A nickname for the Salvation Army

  3. Origin: From saly, from salig, sealh. More at sallow.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sally(verb)

    to leap or rush out; to burst forth; to issue suddenly; as a body of troops from a fortified place to attack besiegers; to make a sally

  2. Sally

    a leaping forth; a darting; a spring

  3. Sally

    a rushing or bursting forth; a quick issue; a sudden eruption; specifically, an issuing of troops from a place besieged to attack the besiegers; a sortie

  4. Sally

    an excursion from the usual track; range; digression; deviation

  5. Sally

    a flight of fancy, liveliness, wit, or the like; a flashing forth of a quick and active mind

  6. Sally

    transgression of the limits of soberness or steadiness; act of levity; wild gayety; frolic; escapade


  1. Sally

    Sally is a fictional character from the 1993 film The Nightmare Before Christmas.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sally' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2409

Anagrams of sally

  1. lylas

  2. y'all's

Translations for sally

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a sudden act of rushing out (eg from a fort) to make an attack.

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