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byelaw

[bahy-law]
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bylaw

or bye·law

[bahy-law]
noun
  1. a standing rule governing the regulation of a corporation's or society's internal affairs.
  2. a subsidiary law.
  3. British. an ordinance of a municipality or community.
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Origin of bylaw

1325–75; by- + law1; replacing Middle English bilawe, equivalent to by town (< Scandinavian; compare Danish by) + lawe law
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British Dictionary definitions for byelaw

bylaw

bye-law

noun
  1. a rule made by a local authority for the regulation of its affairs or management of the area it governs
  2. a regulation of a company, society, etc
  3. a subsidiary law
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Word Origin

C13: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse bӯr dwelling, town; see bower 1, law 1
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Word Origin and History for byelaw

bylaw

n.

late 13c., bilage "local ordinance," from Old Norse or Old Danish bi-lagu "town law," from byr "place where people dwell, town, village," from bua "to dwell" (see bower) + lagu "law" (see law). So, a local law pertaining to local residents, or rule of a corporation or association. Sense influenced by by.

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