noun \ˈbī-ˌl\

: a rule that an organization (such as a club or company) makes and that its members must follow

: a law or regulation that is made by a local government and that applies only to the local area

Full Definition of BYLAW

:  a rule adopted by an organization chiefly for the government of its members and the regulation of its affairs
:  a local ordinance

Variants of BYLAW

by·law also bye·law \ˈbī-ˌl\

Examples of BYLAW

  1. <the club's bylaws bar any member whose annual dues remain unpaid from voting in the election>

Origin of BYLAW

Middle English bilawe, probably from Old Norse *bȳlǫg, from Old Norse bȳr town + lag-, lǫg law
First Known Use: 14th century


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