Definitions for bailiwickˈbeɪ ləˌwɪk

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bailiwick(noun)

    the area over which a bailiff has jurisdiction

  2. discipline, subject, subject area, subject field, field, field of study, study, bailiwick(noun)

    a branch of knowledge

    "in what discipline is his doctorate?"; "teachers should be well trained in their subject"; "anthropology is the study of human beings"


  1. bailiwick(Noun)

    the district within which a bailie or bailiff has jurisdiction.

    The Bailiwick of Jersey.

  2. bailiwick(Noun)

    a person's concern or sphere of operations, their area of skill or authority.

  3. Origin: From bailie and wick, from wic.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bailiwick(noun)

    the precincts within which a bailiff has jurisdiction; the limits of a bailiff's authority


  1. Bailiwick

    A bailiwick is usually the area of jurisdiction of a bailiff, and may also apply to a territory in which the sheriff's functions were exercised by a privately appointed bailiff under a royal or imperial writ. The word is now more generally used in a metaphorical sense, to indicate a sphere of authority, experience, activity, study or interest. A bailiwick was also the territorial division of the Teutonic Order. Here, various “Komtur” formed a Ballei province. The term survives in administrative usage in the British Crown dependencies of the Channel Islands, which for administrative purposes are grouped into the two bailiwicks of Jersey and Guernsey. Each Channel Island bailiwick is headed by a Bailiff.

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