noun, plural de·liv·er·ies.

Origin of delivery

1400–50; late Middle English delyvere, delyvery < Anglo-French delivrée, noun use of feminine past participle of delivrer to deliver, with suffix assimilated to -ery
Related formsmis·de·liv·er·y, noun, plural mis·de·liv·er·ies.non·de·liv·er·y, noun, plural non·de·liv·er··de·liv·er·y, adjectivepre·de·liv·er·y, noun, plural pre·de·liv·er··de·liv·er·y, noun, plural re·de·liv·er·ies. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for delivery

Contemporary Examples of delivery

Historical Examples of delivery

  • It must not be supposed that this spring day in the spring places had reformed his manner of delivery.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • The work of the individual endured only as long as its delivery lasted.

    The Book of Old English Ballads

    George Wharton Edwards

  • The delivery of ewes and wethers is timed by individual arrangement.

  • The purchaser then brought, or sent, an order on board the ship, for the delivery of the opium.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • The art and practice of selling one's credibility for future delivery.

British Dictionary definitions for delivery


noun plural -eries

  1. the act of delivering or distributing goods, mail, etc
  2. something that is delivered
  3. (as modifier)a delivery service
the act of giving birth to a childshe had an easy delivery
manner or style of utterance, esp in public speaking or recitationthe chairman had a clear delivery
the act of giving or transferring or the state of being given or transferred
the act of rescuing or state of being rescued; liberation
  1. the act or manner of bowling or throwing a ball
  2. the ball so delivereda fast delivery
an actual or symbolic handing over of property, a deed, etc
the discharge rate of a compressor or pump
(in South Africa) the supply of basic services to communities deprived under apartheid
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Word Origin and History for delivery

early 15c., "action of handing over to another," from Anglo-French delivrée, noun use of fem. past participle of Old French délivrer (see deliver). Childbirth sense is attested from 1570s. Of speech, from 1580s. Of a blow, throw of a ball, etc., from 1702.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

delivery in Medicine


[dĭ-lĭvə-rē, -lĭvrē]


The expulsion or extraction of a child and the fetal membranes through the birth canal into the external world.
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