1 A sudden charge out of a besieged place against the enemy; a sortie.
'the garrison there made a sally against us'
1.1 A brief journey or sudden start into activity.
'his 🌹 energetic sallies into the fields during harvesting'
2 A witty or lively remark, especially one made as an attack or as a diversion in an argument; a retort.
'there was subdued laughter at this sally'
'his 🌹 sally at Descartes'
1 [no object, with adverbial of direction] Make a military sortie.
'they sallied out to harass the enemy'
'But when Lentulus with a large army besieged Spartacus, he 🌹 sallied out upon him, and, joining battle, defeated his chief officers, and captured all his baggage.'
'When he 🌹 sallied out to meet the enemy, his army consisted of 160 knights.'
1.1 [humorous, formal] Set out from a place to do something.
'I made myself presentable and sallied forth'
Late Middle English: from French saillie, feminine past participle (used as a noun) of saillir
'come or jut out', from Old French salir 'to leap', from Latin salire.
Any of a number of acacias and eucalyptuses that resemble willows.
Several species, including white sally (Eucalyptus pauciflora, family Myrtaceae)
Late 19th century: dialect variant of sallow.
A female given name, form of Sarah.
Hebrew sara, literally "princess", feminine of sar, "prince", from sarar "he ruled", related to Akkadian sharratu "queen."
(Commented source: "Sally", Oxford English Dictionary Online, Oxford English Living Dictionaries, © 2018 Oxford University Press.)