Word of the Week (WOW): Bailiwick

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This post is in response to Heena Rathore P.’s Word of the Week (WOW). This weekly meme is a great way of improving your vocabulary.  If you wish to participate, simply create a post with your word and leave a link in a comment on Heena’s WOW post.

Here’s my WOW for this week:

bailiwick

Word
Bailiwick

Part of Speech
noun

Pronunciation
bail-i-wick (bā′lə-wĭk′)

Meaning 

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

Synonyms

  1. department, discipline, domain, field, field of study, sphere, study, subject, subject area, subject field, territory, turf
  2. area, beat, district, jurisdiction, neighbourhood, province, territory,

Word Origin

Middle English – bailliwik – baillif bailiff + wik town (from Old English wic, from Latin vicus)

Use in a sentence

  1. The professor was in his element, babbling on about things from within his bailiwick that no one else present had any understanding of.
  2. He had been appointed bailiff, making this his bailiwick now – and there was nothing that Richard De Grenville could do about it.

If you want to discover more great words then visit Heena’s page Word Treasure.

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8 thoughts on “Word of the Week (WOW): Bailiwick

  1. Very interesting. “A bailiwick is usually the area of jurisdiction of a bailiff, and once also applied to territories in which a privately appointed bailiff exercised the sheriff’s functions 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” …
    I love this word… It makes want to drink some Bailey’s!~ Toast to those bailiffs 😉
    Aquileana 😀

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