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Sally

[sal-ee] /ˈsæl i/
noun
1.
a female given name, form of Sarah.
Also, Sallie.
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British Dictionary definitions for sallie

sally1

/ˈsælɪ/
noun (pl) -lies
1.
a sudden violent excursion, esp by besieged forces to attack the besiegers; sortie
2.
a sudden outburst or emergence into action, expression, or emotion
3.
an excursion or jaunt
4.
a jocular retort
verb (intransitive) -lies, -lying, -lied
5.
to make a sudden violent excursion
6.
(often foll by forth) to go out on an expedition, etc
7.
to come, go, or set out in an energetic manner
8.
to rush out suddenly
Derived Forms
sallier, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Old French saillie, from saillir to dash forwards, from Latin salīre to leap

sally2

/ˈsælɪ/
noun (pl) -lies
1.
the lower part of a bell rope, where it is caught at handstroke, into which coloured wool is woven to make a grip
Word Origin
C19: perhaps from an obsolete or dialect sense of sally1 leaping movement

Sally

/ˈsælɪ/
noun (pl) -lies
1.
a member of the Salvation Army
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Word Origin and History for sallie

sally

n.

1540s, "a sudden rush, dash, or springing forth; specifically of troops from a besieged place, attacking the besiegers," from Middle French saillie "a rushing forth," noun use of fem. past participle of saillir "to leap," from Latin salire "to leap" (see salient (adj.)). Sally-port "gate or passage in a fortification to afford free egress to troops in making a sally" is from 1640s.

v.

1540s, from sally (n.). Related: Sallied; sallying.

Sally

fem. proper name, alteration of Sarah (cf. Hal from Harry, Moll from Mary, etc.). Sally Lunn cakes (1780) supposedly named for the woman in Bath who first made them and sold them in the streets. Sally Ann as a nickname for Salvation Army is recorded from 1927.

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