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Definition tally

Etymology 1

Clipping of tallyho.



  1. (radio, aviation) Target sighted.

Etymology 2

From Middle English talie, from Anglo-Norman tallie and Old French taille (“notch in a piece of wood signifying a debt”), from Medieval Latin tallia, from Latin talea (“a cutting, rod, stick”).


tally (plural tallies)

  1. Originally, a piece of wood on which notches or scores were cut, as the marks of number
  2. Later, one of two books, sheets of paper, etc., on which corresponding accounts were kept.
  3. Hence, any account or score kept by notches or marks, whether on wood or paper, or in a book, especially one kept in duplicate.
  4. One thing made to suit another; a match; a mate.
  5. A notch, mark, or score made on or in a tally; as, to make or earn a score or tally in a game.
  6. A tally shop.
  7. A ribbon on a sailor's cap bearing the name of the ship or the (part of) the navy to which they belong.
  8. (informal, regional, dated) A state of cohabitation, living with another individual in an intimate relationship outside of marriage.

Etymology 3

From Middle English talien, from the noun (see above). Also from Medieval Latin taliare


tally (third-person singular simple present tallies, present participle tallying, simple past and past participle tallied)

  1. (transitive) To count something.
  2. (transitive) To record something by making marks.
  3. (transitive) To make things correspond or agree with each other.
  4. (intransitive) To keep score.
  5. (intransitive) To correspond or agree.
  6. (nautical) To check off, as parcels of freight going inboard or outboard.

Etymology 4

From Middle English tally, talliche, equivalent to tall +‎ -ly.


tally (comparative more tally, superlative most tally)

  1. (obsolete) In a tall way; stoutly; with spirit.

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