Simple Definition of bye
sports : a situation in which a player or team is allowed to go forward to the next level in a competition without having to play against and defeat an opponent
Full Definition of bye
: the position of a participant in a tournament who advances to the next round without playing
Examples of bye in a sentence
She got a bye into the second round of the tennis tournament.
Origin and Etymology of bye
alteration of 2by
First Known Use: 1883
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