[ bahy ]
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nounAlso by.
  1. Sports. in a tournament, the preferential status of a player or team not paired with a competitor in an early round and thus automatically advanced to play in the next round: The top three seeded players received byes in the first round.

  2. Golf. the holes of a stipulated course still unplayed after the match is finished.

  1. Cricket. a run made on a ball not struck by the batsman.

  2. something subsidiary, secondary, or out of the way.

  1. by.

Idioms about bye

  1. by the bye, by the way; incidentally: By the bye, how do you spell your name?: Also by the by .

Origin of bye

1710–20; variant spelling of by in its noun sense “side way”

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Other definitions for bye (2 of 3)

[ bahy ]


Other definitions for bye- (3 of 3)


  1. variant of by-: bye-election. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use bye in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for bye (1 of 2)


/ (baɪ) /

  1. sport the situation in which a player or team in an eliminatory contest wins a preliminary round by virtue of having no opponent

  2. golf one or more holes of a stipulated course that are left unplayed after the match has been decided

  1. cricket a run scored off a ball not struck by the batsman: allotted to the team as an extra and not to the individual batsman: See also leg bye

  2. something incidental or secondary

  3. by the bye incidentally; by the way: used as a sentence connector

Origin of bye

C16: a variant of by

British Dictionary definitions for bye (2 of 2)


sentence substitute
  1. British informal goodbye

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