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1livery

noun liv·ery \ˈli-və-rē, ˈliv-rē\

: the business of keeping vehicles that people can hire

: the colors or designs that are used on a company's products, vehicles, etc.

: a special uniform worn by servants especially in the past

plural liv·er·ies

Full Definition of LIVERY

1
archaic :  the apportioning of provisions especially to servants :  allowance
2
a :  the distinctive clothing or badge formerly worn by the retainers of a person of rank
b :  a servant's uniform
c :  distinctive dress :  garb
d chiefly British :  an identifying design (as on a vehicle) that designates ownership
3
archaic
a :  one's retainers or retinue
b :  the members of a British livery company
4
:  the act of delivering legal possession of property
5
a :  the feeding, stabling, and care of horses for pay
b :  livery stable
c :  a concern offering vehicles (as boats) for rent

Examples of LIVERY

  1. <the limousine chauffeur was easily distinguished from the cab drivers by his livery>

Origin of LIVERY

Middle English, from Anglo-French liveree, livree, literally, delivery, from liverer to deliver, from Latin liberare to free — more at liberate
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Clothing Terms

babushka, brogue, bumbershoot, cravat, dishabille, furbelow, layette, raiment, spectator

Rhymes with LIVERY

2livery

adjective

Definition of LIVERY

1
:  resembling liver
2
:  suggesting liver disorder

First Known Use of LIVERY

1778

livery

adjective liv·ery \ˈliv-ə-rē\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of LIVERY

:  suggesting liver disorder :  liverish

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