by-election

noun by-elec·tion \ ˈbī-ə-ˌlek-shən \
variants: or less commonly bye-election

Definition of by-election

: a special election held between regular elections in order to fill a vacancy

First Known Use of by-election

1853

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Definition of by-election for English Language Learners

  • : a special election that is held between regular elections to replace someone who has died or resigned from office


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