[ liv-uh-ree, liv-ree ]
/ ˈlɪv ə ri, ˈlɪv ri /
noun, plural liv·er·ies.
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.
a company that rents out automobiles, boats, etc.
Law. an ancient method of conveying a freehold by formal delivery of possession.
Origin of livery1
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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
British Dictionary definitions for livery company (1 of 3)
British one of the chartered companies of the City of London originating from the craft guilds
British Dictionary definitions for livery company (2 of 3)
/ (ˈlɪvərɪ) /
noun plural -eries
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
C14: via Anglo-French from Old French livrée allocation, from livrer to hand over, from Latin līberāre to set free
British Dictionary definitions for livery company (3 of 3)
/ (ˈlɪvərɪ) /
of or resembling liver
another word for liverish
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012