Pronunciation: (bī),[key] —n.Also,by. 1. Sports.in a tournament, the preferential status of a player or team not paired with a competitor in an early round and thus automatically advanced to play in the next round: The top three seeded players received byes in the first round. 2. Golf.the holes of a stipulated course still unplayed after the match is finished.
3. Cricket.a run made on a ball not struck by the batsman.
4. something subsidiary, secondary, or out of the way.
5. by the bye, by the way; incidentally: Bythe bye, how do you spell your name?Also,by the by.