The definition of by-and-by is at an unspecified, future time and place.
An example of by-and-by used in a sentence is, "We'll go on that vacation by-and-by," which means we'll go on that vacation at some point in the future.
by and by
After a while; soon.
Some future time or occasion.
- Alternative spelling of by and by.
- The meaning of the term has changed from referring to a "near" time (by) to a vaguer range of times, possibly influenced by the use of the term as a noun to refer to the hereafter.
- Thus Persian became the language of their court and government, and when by-and-by they pushed their conquests into Asia Minor, and founded there the Seljuk Empire of Ram, they carried with them their Persian culture, and diffused it among the peoples newly brought under their sway.