bylaw

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From Old Norse by(town; settlement) + lag([something] laid down; law; fellowship), apparently a variant of Middle English byrlaw, from Old Norse býjar(town's; settlement's) + lǫg(laws; jurisdiction). Byrlaw is attested earlier in English but is unattested in Old Norse and the cognates in Scandinavian languages follow the development of bylaw: Danish bylov(municipal law), Swedish bylag and byalag.[1]

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bylaw ‎(plural bylaws)

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

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  1. ^ Oxford English Dictionary, "by-law | bye-law, n." Oxford University Press (Oxford), 1888.