- a distinctive uniform, badge, or device formerly provided by someone of rank or title for his retainers, as in time of war.
- a uniform worn by servants.
- distinctive attire worn by an official, a member of a company or guild, etc.
- Also called livery company. British. a guild or company of the City of London entitled to wear such livery.
- characteristic dress, garb, or outward appearance: the green livery of summer.
- the care, feeding, stabling, etc., of horses for pay.
- livery stable.
- a company that rents out automobiles, boats, etc.
- Law. an ancient method of conveying a freehold by formal delivery of possession.
Origin of livery1
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Examples from the Web for livery
Outside the courthouse, they were swarmed by a media mob until they managed to get into a livery cab.Feds Hope to Use Former Underling to Land Hedge-Fund Trader Steven Cohen
November 27, 2012
But he had a business card and livery plates, so we piled in and headed out into the storm.Ciao, Roma! Hello, Newark!
January 6, 2011
My first visit to Paris and my discovery of the livery fare came to mind.For the Love of Pâté
January 5, 2011
In Tombstone, Arizona, in 1879, John Montgomery founded the O.K. Corral, Livery and Feed Stable.OK, O.K., Okay
December 9, 2010
I looked up, and saw the livery my father's menials had worn.Night and Morning, Complete
I took her myself to livery stables near me, and wrote for Styles.Wilfrid Cumbermede
Into this scene stepped a young man in the Burrell Court livery.A Singer from the Sea
Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
“Pete” himself had driven the equipage over from the livery stable.Cap'n Warren's Wards
Joseph C. Lincoln
Once in a while a picnic comes over in a livery four-seater, but not often.The Woman-Haters
Joseph C. Lincoln
- the identifying uniform, badge, etc, of a member of a guild or one of the servants of a feudal lord
- a uniform worn by some menservants and chauffeurs
- an individual or group that wears such a uniform
- distinctive dress or outward appearance
- the stabling, keeping, or hiring out of horses for money
- (as modifier)a livery horse
- at livery being kept in a livery stable
- legal history an ancient method of conveying freehold land
- of or resembling liver
- another word for liverish
Word Origin and History for livery
c.1300, "household allowance of any kind (food, provisions, clothing) to retainers or servants," from Anglo-French livere (late 13c.), Old French livrée, "allowance, ration, pay," originally "(clothes) delivered by a master to his retinue," from fem. past participle of livrer "to dispense, deliver, hand over," from Latin liberare (see liberate). The sense later was reduced to "servants' rations" and "provender for horses" (mid-15c.). The former led to the meaning "distinctive clothing given to servants" (early 14c.); the latter now is obsolete except in livery stable (1705). Related: Liveried.