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byo /bi waɪ ˈoʊ/  

(phrase) (informal) Usage note: This term is used by many people when writing an invitation.

An abbreviation of ‘bring your own’. This phrase is often used on invitations to parties or barbecues when the host wants you to bring something to drink, or some meat to cook. You also see the phrase at restaurants where you are allowed to bring your own wine but must pay ‘corkage’ (an amount paid to the restaurant because you are not buying wine from them).

Example: You need to BYO sleeping bag, pillow, (BYO tent if you wish), Meals: BYO lunch for Saturday as we are out in the field and breakfast for Sunday morning (unless you would like to test the local bakery). ( 



An invitation to a byo event

(photo by Julia Miller)