from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A law or rule governing the internal affairs of an organization.
  • n. A secondary law.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A local custom or law of a settlement or district.
  • n. A rule made by a local authority to regulate its own affairs.
  • n. A law or rule governing the internal affairs of an organization (e.g., corporation or business).


Middle English bilawe, body of local regulations; akin to Danish by-lag, township ordinance : Old Norse bȳr, settlement.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Alteration of byrlaw, but popularly interpreted as by- +‎ law. (Wiktionary)


  • Chambers' grounds in 2008 were that the bylaw was a breach of his right to work. - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • Implicit in the bylaw was the clear understanding that the city has every reason to be involved in the garbage business. - Home Page

  • Weezie is really the only one who knows the full story of how she somehow found her way up to Whitehorse and eventually hanging around the Barracks apartments in Takhini, where a kind resident eventually gave her some food and called the bylaw about her. News

  • The party will also seek to alter the suit so that it now challenges the second council decision rather than the originally bylaw, which is now moot, president Stephen Thiele said. - Home Page

  • Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski called the bylaw "horrible" and "totally wrong," in a post-pratice press conference.

  • A: Yes, in the bylaw drafted by Evan Belanski and Town Council (Kopelman and Paige of Boston) they have stated that the bylaw is a legal, non-monopolizing bylaw.

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  • The maximum penalty for anyone convicted of an offence under the bylaw is a fine up to $20,000.00.


  • Some drivers said they weren't aware of the bylaw, which is only two months old, Katolyk said.

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  • JP Smith, the city's mayoral committee member for safety and security, said the seven-storey block, whose entrance is in Keerom Street near the Cape High Court, would be the first candidate for the problem buildings bylaw which is expected to be passed at the end of the month.

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  • Star that a city "bylaw" requires their presence at many paid duty jobs. - Home Page


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