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livery

noun liv·ery \ ˈli-və-rē , ˈliv-rē \
Updated on: 24 Nov 2017

Definition of livery

plural liveries
1 archaic : the apportioning of provisions especially to servants : allowance
2 a : the distinctive clothing or badge formerly worn by the retainers (see 1retainer 1) of a person of rank
b : a servant's uniform
c : distinctive dress : garb
  • a nun's traditional livery
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
c : a concern offering vehicles (such as boats) for rent
  • a canoe livery
  • an automobile livery

Examples of livery in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of livery

Middle English, from Anglo-French liveree, livree, literally, delivery, from liverer to deliver, from Latin liberare to free — more at liberate

livery Synonyms


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livery

adjective

Definition of livery

1 : resembling liver
2 : suggesting liver disorder

Origin and Etymology of livery

see 1liver

LIVERY Defined for English Language Learners

livery

noun

Definition of livery for English Language Learners

  • : 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


LIVERY Defined for Kids

livery

noun liv·ery \ ˈli-və-rē , ˈliv-rē \

Definition of livery for Students

plural liveries
1 : a special uniform worn by the servants of a wealthy household
2 : the business of keeping horses and vehicles for hire : a place ( livery stable ) that keeps horses and vehicles for hire

Medical Dictionary

livery

adjective liv·ery \ ˈliv-ə-rē \

medical Definition of livery

: suggesting liver disorder : liverish


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