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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Bye
  1. A thing not directly aimed at; something which is a secondary object of regard; an object by the way, etc.; as in on or upon the byei. e., in passing; indirectly; by implication.(Obs. except in the phrase by the bye)"The Synod of Dort condemneth upon the bye even the discipline of the Church of England." [Fuller.]
  2. [Cricket] A run made upon a missed ball; as, to steal a bye .
  3. In various sports in which the contestants are drawn in pairs, the position or turn of one left with no opponent in consequence of an odd number being engaged; as, to draw a bye in a round of a tennis tournament.
  4. [Golf] The hole or holes of a stipulated course remaining unplayed at the end of a match.
noun Bye
  1. A dwelling.
  2. In certain games, a station or place of an individual player.

Etymology: AS. ; cf. Icel. bygð dwelling, byggja būa, to dwell √97

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A farewell remark ("they said their good-byes")
  2. An automatic advance to the next round in a tournament without playing an opponent ("he had a bye in the first round")

Variant form of by, from Old English (being near).

  1. (sports) The position of a person or team in a tournament or competition who draws no opponent in a particular round so advances to the next round unopposed, or is awarded points for a win in a league table; also the phantom opponent of such a person or team.
    Craig's Crew plays the next week.
  2. (cricket) An extra scored when the batsmen take runs after the ball has passed the striker without hitting either the bat or the batsman.
  3. (obsolete) A dwelling.
  4. (obsolete) A thing not directly aimed at; something which is a secondary object of regard; an object by the way, etc.

Shortened form of goodbye.

Alternative forms.

  1. Obsolete spelling of bee

    bye was also found in the following language(s): Afrikaans and French

    Notable Persons With the Last Name Bye

    Ed Bye is a television, film director, and film producer. Ed was given the name Edward Richard Morrison Bye in 1955.


    James Bye is an actor. He has been prominent since 2006. James was given the name James Edward Bye on February 23rd, 1984 in Basingstoke, Hampshire, England.


    Beth Bye is an office holder. Beth was born in Greenwich, Connecticut.


    Kermit Bye is a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and Judge of theUnited States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. Kermit was born on January 13th, 1937 in Hatton, North Dakota.


    Robert James Bye is a military person. His military service ended in 1921.



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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Bye U.S.
      White 93.43% 64.26%
      African American 1.67% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.88% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.29% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 2.10% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 1.64% 16.26%

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    Fun Facts about the name Bye

    • How Popular is the name Bye? As a last name Bye was the 9,496th most popular name in 2010.
    • When was the first name Bye first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Bye is Monday, May 28th, 1877.
    • How unique is the name Bye? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Bye. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
    • Weird things about the name Bye: Your name in reverse order is Eyb. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Yeb. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Bye? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 3,423 people with the last name Bye.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Bye? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 1 of them will have Bye as their last name.

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    • Sources:
    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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