bailiwick definition by Webster's New World
- the district of a bailiff
- one's particular area of activity, authority, interest, etc.
Origin: Middle English ; from baili, bailie plush wik ; from Old English wic, village: see economy
bailiwick definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A person's specific area of interest, skill, or authority. See Synonyms at field.
- The office or district of a bailiff.
Origin: Middle English bailliwik : baillif, bailiff; see bailiff + wik, town (from Old English wīc, from Latin vīcus; see vicinity).