Etymology
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bailiwick (n.)

"district of a bailiff, jurisdiction of a royal officer or under-sheriff," mid-15c., contraction of baillifwik, from bailiff (q.v.) + Middle English wik, from Old English wic "village" (see wick (n.2)). Figurative sense of "one's natural or proper sphere" recorded by 1843.

updated on March 20, 2017

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Definitions of bailiwick from WordNet

bailiwick (n.)
the area over which a bailiff has jurisdiction;
bailiwick (n.)
a branch of knowledge;
Synonyms: discipline / subject / subject area / subject field / field / field of study / study
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