noun, plural liv·er·ies.
Origin of livery1
Definition for livery (2 of 2)
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|Michael Daly|November 27, 2012|DAILY BEAST
But he had a business card and livery plates, so we piled in and headed out into the storm.
My first visit to Paris and my discovery of the livery fare came to mind.
In Tombstone, Arizona, in 1879, John Montgomery founded the O.K. Corral, Livery and Feed Stable.
Fust time she was in one of Snow's livery buggies, Snow's boy drivin' her.The Woman-Haters|Joseph C. Lincoln
In less than half a minute, the door was opened and a serving-man in livery of yellow stood before him.House of Torment|Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
But above the livery a voice spoke, a voice that I knew, a voice that I could hardly believe was speaking to me here.Miss Million's Maid|Bertha Ruck
Have the men-at-arms get into livery, and make a guard of honour for the Governor when he leaves.The Lane That Had No Turning, Complete|Gilbert Parker
The light he carried revealed to him standing outside a lackey in a livery of orange and green, trimmed with silver lace.The Sword of Honor, volumes 1 & 2|Eugne Sue
British Dictionary definitions for livery (1 of 2)
noun plural -eries
- the stabling, keeping, or hiring out of horses for money
- (as modifier)a livery horse
Word Origin for livery
British Dictionary definitions for livery (2 of 2)
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 The former led to the meaning "distinctive clothing given to servants" (early 14c.); the latter now is obsolete except in livery stable (1705).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.