- bylaw late 13c., bilage "local ordinance," from O.N. or O.Dan. bi-lagu "town law," from byr "place where people dwell, town, village," from bua "to dwell" (see BOWER (Cf. bower)) + lagu "law" (see LAW (Cf. law)). So, a local law pertaining to local residents, or rule of a corporation or association. Sense influenced by BY (Cf. by).
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bylaw — by‧law [ˈbaɪlɔː ǁ lɒː] also byelaw noun [countable] 1. LAW a local government law that must be obeyed by the people living in an area, or people visiting it: • a bylaw banning public drinking in the town centre 2. a rule made by a company or… … Financial and business terms
bylaw — by·law / bī ˌlȯ/ n [Middle English bilage bilawe local law, probably ultimately from Old Norse bȳr town + lo̡g law] 1: a rule adopted by an organization chiefly for the government of its members and the management of its affairs 2: a local… … Law dictionary
bylaw — [bī′lô΄] n. [ME bi laue < bi, village (< ON bȳr < būa, to dwell: see BONDAGE) + laue, LAW: meaning infl. by BY] any of a set of rules adopted by an organization or assembly for governing its own meetings or affairs … English World dictionary
bylaw — 01. San Francisco has enacted a new [bylaw] which prohibits smoking in all public buildings. 02. The government has passed a new [bylaw] which requires all dog owners to clean up after their pets. 03. According to a recently passed municipal… … Grammatical examples in English
Bylaw — A bylaw (sometimes also spelled by law or byelaw) most commonly refers to a city or municipal law or ordinance, passed under the authority of a charter or provincial/state law specifying what things may be regulated by the municipality.The main… … Wikipedia
bylaw — [[t]ba͟ɪlɔː[/t]] bylaws also bye law, by law 1) N COUNT A bylaw is a law which is made by a local authority and which applies only in their area. [BRIT] The by law makes it illegal to drink in certain areas. 2) N COUNT A bylaw is a rule which… … English dictionary
bylaw — UK [ˈbaɪˌlɔː] / US [ˈbaɪˌlɔ] noun [countable] Word forms bylaw : singular bylaw plural bylaws 1) a law made by a local authority that applies only in that area 2) a rule made by an organization for its members … English dictionary
bylaw — also byelaw noun Etymology: Middle English bilawe, probably from Old Norse *bȳlǫg, from Old Norse bȳr town + lag , lǫg law Date: 14th century 1. a rule adopted by an organization chiefly for the government of its members and the regul … New Collegiate Dictionary
bylaw — /buy law /, n. 1. a standing rule governing the regulation of a corporation s or society s internal affairs. 2. a subsidiary law. 3. Brit. an ordinance of a municipality or community. Also, byelaw. [1325 75; BY + LAW1; r. ME bilawe, equiv. to by… … Universalium
bylaw — noun /ˈbaɪ.lɔː/ a) A local custom or law of a settlement or district. b) A rule made by a local authority to regulate its own affairs … Wiktionary