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Word of the Day: Tally

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Good evening and welcome to Word of the Day! A journey through the English vocabulary and the words that piqued my interest, in WotD we'll be learning a new word for each working day of the week, bar holidays, unless there's a holiday special...


Today's word is:



noun ( pl. -lies)

1. A current score or amount : that takes his tally to 10 goals in 10 games.

A record of a score or amount : I kept a running tally of David's debt on a note above my desk.


A particular number taken as a group or unit to facilitate counting.

A mark registering such a number.

(also tally stick) Historical a piece of wood scored across with notches for the items of an account and then split into halves, each party keeping one.


An account kept in such a way.

[archaic] A counterpart or duplicate of something.

2. a label attached to a plant or tree, or stuck in the ground beside it, that gives information about it, such as its name and class.


verb ( -lies, -lied)

1. [ intrans. ] Agree or correspond : their signatures should tally with their names on the register.


2. [ trans. ] Calculate the total number of : the votes were being tallied with abacuses.

ORIGIN: late Middle English (denoting a notched tally stick): from Anglo-Norman French tallie, from Latin talea 'twig, cutting.'

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