bye

1
[ bahy ]
/ baɪ /

noun Also by.

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.

adjective

by1.

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Idioms for bye

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

Origin of bye

1
1710–20; variant spelling of by1 in its noun sense “side way”

Definition for bye (2 of 3)

bye2

or by

[ bahy ]
/ baɪ /

interjection

Definition for bye (3 of 3)

bye-

variant of by-: bye-election.
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British Dictionary definitions for bye (1 of 2)

bye1
/ (baɪ) /

noun

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 batsmanSee also leg bye
something incidental or secondary
by the bye incidentally; by the way: used as a sentence connector

Word Origin for bye

C16: a variant of by

British Dictionary definitions for bye (2 of 2)

bye2

bye-bye


sentence substitute

British informal goodbye
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