- 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
- British one of the chartered companies of the City of London originating from the craft guilds
- 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
Word Origin for livery
- of or resembling liver
- another word for liverish
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 The former led to the meaning "distinctive clothing given to servants" (early 14c.); the latter now is obsolete except in livery stable (1705).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.