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.
Golf. the holes of a stipulated course still unplayed after the match is finished.
Cricket. a run made on a ball not struck by the batsman.
something subsidiary, secondary, or out of the way.
Idioms about bye
by the bye, by the way; incidentally: By the bye, how do you spell your name?: Also by the by .
Other definitions for bye (2 of 3)
Other definitions for bye- (3 of 3)
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How to use bye in a sentence
The bye bye is being sung, incidentally, by mothers to their babies condemned to death by King Herod.
Her very first performance onstage came at the age of 4, when she cameoed as a dancing flower in the musical bye bye Birdie.Jena Malone’s Long, Strange Trip From Homelessness to Hollywood Stardom | Marlow Stern | December 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
“Good bye boys, I die a true American,” were his last words, according to the headstone.
I never knew how long he would last before he said, “Okay, bye.”A Full-Length Bill Cosby Portrait: From Track Star to Ugly Sweaters | Scott Porch | September 24, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
They were calling out to family and friends, asking if there was anything that could be done, and in some cases, saying good-bye.
Here were the sources (in part) of the Po and of the Rhine, but I was rather in haste to bid the former good-bye.Glances at Europe | Horace Greeley
"Yes," said Punch, lifted up in his father's arms to wave good-bye.Kipling Stories and Poems Every Child Should Know, Book II | Rudyard Kipling
Good-bye, then, Miss Warrender; parting is such sweet sorrow, I e'en could say good-bye until to-morrow.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3) | Charles James Wills
You had better go to him, Dolly, and bid him good bye, before he takes the team to the field.The World Before Them | Susanna Moodie
Colonial charters were, however, "undoubtedly no more than those of all corporations, which empower them to make bye-laws."The Eve of the Revolution | Carl Becker
British Dictionary definitions for bye (1 of 2)
sport the situation in which a player or team in an eliminatory contest wins a preliminary round by virtue of having no opponent
golf one or more holes of a stipulated course that are left unplayed after the match has been decided
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
something incidental or secondary
by the bye incidentally; by the way: used as a sentence connector
British Dictionary definitions for bye (2 of 2)
British informal goodbye
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