a female given name, form of Sarah.
Also, Sallie. Unabridged
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sally1 (ˈsælɪ)
n , 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
vb , -lies, -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
[C16: from Old French saillie, from saillir to dash forwards, from Latin salīre to leap]

sally2 (ˈsælɪ)
n , pl -lies
the lower part of a bell rope, where it is caught at handstroke, into which coloured wool is woven to make a grip
[C19: perhaps from an obsolete or dialect sense of sally1 leaping movement]

Sally (ˈsælɪ)
n , pl -lies
a member of the Salvation Army

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Word Origin & History

1542 (n.), 1560 (v.), from M.Fr. saillie "a rushing forth," noun use of fem. pp. of saillir "to leap," from L. salire "to leap" (see salient).

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. Sally Ann as a nickname for Salvation Army is recorded from 1927.
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