[ dih-liv-uh-ree ]
/ dɪˈlɪv ə ri /

noun, plural de·liv·er·ies.

Nearby words

  1. deliver the goods,
  2. deliverable,
  3. deliverance,
  4. delivered price,
  5. deliverly,
  6. delivery boy,
  7. delivery room,
  8. delivery system,
  9. delivery van,
  10. deliveryman

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

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British Dictionary definitions for delivery


/ (dɪˈlɪvərɪ) /

noun plural -eries

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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.

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Medicine definitions for delivery


[ 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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