or bye-e·lec·tion

[bahy-i-lek-shuh n]


a special election, not held at the time of a general election, to fill a vacancy in Parliament.

Nearby words

  1. by-,
  2. by-and-by,
  3. by-bidder,
  4. by-blow,
  5. by-catch,
  6. by-form,
  7. by-line,
  8. by-name,
  9. by-numbers,
  10. by-path

Origin of by-election

First recorded in 1875–80; by- + election Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for by-election




(in the United Kingdom and other countries of the Commonwealth) an election held during the life of a parliament to fill a vacant seat in the lower chamber
(in the US) a special election to fill a vacant elective position with an unexpired term
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