• IPA: /ˈtæli/ (except etymology 4)
  • (America)
  1. (radio, aviation) Target sighted.
    ''(Air Traffic Control): Speedbird 123, New York, traffic at two o’clock, seven miles, a Boeing 737, west-bound, at 4000 feet.”
    (Pilot): New York, Speedbird 123, tally.
Synonyms Noun

tally (plural tallies)

  1. Abbreviation of tally stick#English|tally stick.
  2. (by extension) One of two books, sheets of paper, etc., on which corresponding accounts were kept.
  3. (by extension) 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.
    • circa 1690 John Dryden, Don Sebastian, Act V, scene 1:
      So paired, so suited in their minds and persons,
      That they were framed the tallies for each other.
  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.
  • Russian: счёт
Translations Translations
  • Russian: зарубка

tally (tallies, present participle tallying; 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.
Synonyms Translations Translations Translations Translations
  • German: den Spielstand beihalten
  • Portuguese: marcar
Translations Pronunciation
  • (GA) IPA: /ˈtɑli/


  1. (obsolete) In a tall way; stoutly; with spirit.
    • circa 1612 Beaumont and Fletcher, The Captain (play), Act II, scene ii:
      And you, Lodovick, / That stand so tally on your reputation, / You shall be he shall speak it.

Proper noun
  1. A male given name
  2. A female given name

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