from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A person's specific area of interest, skill, or authority. See Synonyms at field.
- n. The office or district of a bailiff.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. the district within which a bailie or bailiff has jurisdiction.
- n. a person's concern or sphere of operations, their area of skill or authority.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The precincts within which a bailiff has jurisdiction; the limits of a bailiff's authority.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The county within which a sheriff exercises his office; the precincts in which a bailiff has jurisdiction; the limits of a bailiff's authority, as (in England) a hundred, a liberty, or a forest over which a bailiff is appointed.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the area over which a bailiff has jurisdiction
- n. a branch of knowledge
Middle English bailliwik : baillif, bailiff; see bailiff + wik, town (from Old English wīc, from Latin vīcus; see vicinity).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From bailie ("bailiff") and wick ("dwelling"), from Old English wīc. (Wiktionary)