February 22, 2011

Word of the Day: Bailiwick

Bailiwick \BAY-luh-wik\ noun

1. A person's specific area of knowledge, authority, interest, skill, or work.
2. The office or district of a bailiff.

Bailiwick comes from Middle English baillifwick, from bailif, "bailiff" (ultimately from Latin bajulus, "porter, carrier") + wik, "town", from Old English wic, from Latin vicus, "village".

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