Definition of "tally" [tal•ly]

  • A reckoning or score. (noun)
  • A stick on which notches are made to keep a count or score. (noun)
  • A stick on which notches were formerly made to keep a record of amounts paid or owed. (noun)
  • A mark used in recording a number of acts or objects, most often in series of five, consisting of four vertical lines canceled diagonally or horizontally by a fifth line. (noun)
  • A label, ticket, or piece of metal or wood used for identification or classification, especially in gardens and greenhouses. (noun)
  • To correspond one with the other (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To supply with an identifying tag (verb)
  • To keep score (verb)
  • To record or mark (verb)
  • Any record of debit, credit, the score in a game, etc (noun)
  • A ticket, label, or mark, used as a means of identification, classification, etc (noun)
  • A counterpart or duplicate of something, such as the counterfoil of a cheque (noun)
  • A stick used (esp formerly) as a record of the amount of a debt according to the notches cut in it (noun)
  • A notch or mark cut in or made on such a stick (noun)
  • A mark or number of marks used to represent a certain number in counting (noun)
  • The total number of sheep shorn by one shearer in a specified period of time (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "tally" in a sentence
  • "The men who measured and kept the tally maintained a constant song or chant, and designated the _tally_, or fifth bushel, by a sort of yell."
  • "I believe, right now, if you only count the books within the event (excluding the preludes) the tally is around 40 books … 38 or so."
  • "Our seedling tally is actually fairly small so far this year, though there are a few plants going into the garden that will be purchased this week!"