bailiwick

(redirected from bailiwicks)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal, Financial, Encyclopedia.

bail·i·wick

 (bā′lə-wĭk′)
n.
1. A person's specific area of interest, skill, or authority. See Synonyms at field.
2. The office or district of a bailiff.

[Middle English bailliwik : baillif, bailiff; see bailiff + wik, town (from Old English wīc, from Latin vīcus; see vicinity).]

bailiwick

(ˈbeɪlɪwɪk)
n
1. (Law) law the area over which a bailiff has jurisdiction
2. a person's special field of interest, authority, or skill
[C15: from baili(e) + wick2]

bail•i•wick

(ˈbeɪ ləˌwɪk)

n.
1. the district within which a bailie or bailiff has jurisdiction.
2. a person's area of skill, knowledge, authority, or work.
[1425–75; late Middle English, =baili- bailie + wick wick2]

bailiwick

- Comes from bailie, "custody," and -wick, "function of an official" or "place of jurisdiction."
See also related terms for official.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bailiwick - the area over which a bailiff has jurisdictionbailiwick - the area over which a bailiff has jurisdiction
jurisdiction - in law; the territory within which power can be exercised
2.bailiwick - 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"
occultism - the study of the supernatural
communication theory, communications - the discipline that studies the principles of transmiting information and the methods by which it is delivered (as print or radio or television etc.); "communications is his major field of study"
major - the principal field of study of a student at a university; "her major is linguistics"
frontier - an undeveloped field of study; a topic inviting research and development; "he worked at the frontier of brain science"
genealogy - the study or investigation of ancestry and family history
allometry - the study of the relative growth of a part of an organism in relation to the growth of the whole
bibliotics - the scientific study of documents and handwriting etc. especially to determine authorship or authenticity
ology - an informal word (abstracted from words with this ending) for some unidentified branch of knowledge
knowledge base, knowledge domain, domain - the content of a particular field of knowledge
science, scientific discipline - a particular branch of scientific knowledge; "the science of genetics"
architecture - the discipline dealing with the principles of design and construction and ornamentation of fine buildings; "architecture and eloquence are mixed arts whose end is sometimes beauty and sometimes use"
applied science, engineering science, technology, engineering - the discipline dealing with the art or science of applying scientific knowledge to practical problems; "he had trouble deciding which branch of engineering to study"
futuristics, futurology - the study or prediction of future developments on the basis of existing conditions
arts, humanistic discipline, humanities, liberal arts - studies intended to provide general knowledge and intellectual skills (rather than occupational or professional skills); "the college of arts and sciences"
theology, divinity - the rational and systematic study of religion and its influences and of the nature of religious truth
military science - the discipline dealing with the principles of warfare
escapology - the study of methods of escaping (especially as a form of entertainment)
graphology - the study of handwriting (especially as an indicator of the writer's character or disposition)
numerology - the study of the supposed occult influence of numbers on human affairs
protology - the study of origins and first things; "To Christians, protology refers to God's fundamental purpose for humanity"
theogony - the study of the origins and genealogy of the gods

bailiwick

noun
A sphere of activity, experience, study, or interest:
Slang: bag.
Translations
meierij
verksamhetsområde

bailiwick

[ˈbeɪlɪwɪk] N
1. (Jur) → alguacilazgo m
2. (esp US) (fig) (= speciality) → ámbito m de actuación
References in classic literature ?
MICAWBER, and the defendant in that cause is the prey of the sheriff having legal jurisdiction in this bailiwick.
have you not your revenues from the jail, and the bailiwick of the Palais, and the rents of all the houses, sheds, stalls, and booths of the enclosure?
Thou hast done evil within my bailiwick, and must die.