- The definition of a tally is a record or where a record is kept, particularly of points in a sporting event.
An example of a tally is a record of how many games a team has won in a soccer tournament.
- Tally is defined as to count or to record an amount.
An example of to tally is to figure out the total profits from a bake sale.
- Obsolete a stick with cross notches representing the amount of a debt owing or paid: usually the stick was split lengthwise, half for the debtor and half for the creditor
- anything used as a record for an account, reckoning, or score
- an account, reckoning, or score
- either of two corresponding parts of something; counterpart
- agreement; correspondence
- any number of objects used as a unit in counting
- an identifying tag or label
Origin: Middle English talye from Anglo-Latin talia from Classical Latin talea, a stick, cutting: see tailor
- to put on or as on a tally; record
- to count; add: usually with up
- to put a label or tag on
- Archaic to make (two things) agree or correspond
- to tally something
- to score a point or points in a game
- to agree; correspond
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noun pl. tal·lies
- A reckoning or score.
- a. A stick on which notches are made to keep a count or score.b. A stick on which notches were formerly made to keep a record of amounts paid or owed.
- 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.
- A label, ticket, or piece of metal or wood used for identification or classification, especially in gardens and greenhouses.
- Something that is very similar or corresponds to something else; a double or counterpart.
- Nautical A metal plate attached to a ship's machinery and bearing instructions for its use.
- To reckon or count.
- To record by making a mark.
- Sports & Games To score (a point or goal) in a game or contest.
- To label, as with a ticket, for identification or classification.
- To cause to correspond or agree.
- To be alike; correspond or agree: The report tallies with your description of the accident.
- To keep score.
- Sports & Games To score a point or goal in a game or contest.
Origin: Middle English taly, from Anglo-Norman tallie, from Medieval Latin tallia, from Latin tālea, stick.