by-elec·​tion ˈbī-ə-ˌlek-shən How to pronounce by-election (audio)
variants or less commonly bye-election
: a special election held between regular elections in order to fill a vacancy

Word History

First Known Use

1853, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of by-election was in 1853

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Cite this Entry

“By-election.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

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