[ liv-uh-ree, liv-ree ]
/ ˈlɪv ə ri, ˈlɪv ri /

noun, plural liv·er·ies.

Nearby words

  1. liverpolitan,
  2. liverpool,
  3. liverpudlian,
  4. liverwort,
  5. liverwurst,
  6. livery colors,
  7. livery companies,
  8. livery company,
  9. livery cupboard,
  10. livery stable

Origin of livery

1250–1300; Middle English livere < Anglo-French, equivalent to Old French livree allowance (of food, clothing, etc.), noun use of feminine past participle of livrer to give over < Latin līberāre; see liberate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for livery company

livery company


British one of the chartered companies of the City of London originating from the craft guilds


/ (ˈlɪvərɪ) /

noun plural -eries

Word Origin for livery

C14: via Anglo-French from Old French livrée allocation, from livrer to hand over, from Latin līberāre to set free


/ (ˈlɪvərɪ) /


of or resembling liver
another word for liverish
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Word Origin and History for livery company



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 The former led to the meaning "distinctive clothing given to servants" (early 14c.); the latter now is obsolete except in livery stable (1705).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.

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