a standing rule governing the regulation of a corporation's or society's internal affairs.
a subsidiary law.
British. an ordinance of a municipality or community.
Origin of bylaw
; replacing Middle English bilawe,
equivalent to by
town (< Scandinavian;
compare Danish by
) + lawe
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British Dictionary definitions for byelaw
a rule made by a local authority for the regulation of its affairs or management of the area it governs
a regulation of a company, society, etc
a subsidiary law
Word Origin for bylaw
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
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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