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byte (n.)

"unit of digital information in a computer," typically consisting of eight bits, 1956, American English; see bit (n.2). Reputedly coined by German-born American computer scientist Werner Buchholz (b. 1922) at IBM.

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Definitions of byte from WordNet

byte (n.)
a sequence of 8 bits (enough to represent one character of alphanumeric data) processed as a single unit of information;
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