livery

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noun

liv·​ery ˈli-və-rē How to pronounce livery (audio)
ˈliv-rē
plural liveries
1
a
: a concern offering vehicles (such as boats) for rent
a canoe livery
an automobile livery
b
: the feeding, stabling, and care of horses for pay
2
a
chiefly British : an identifying design (as on a vehicle) that designates ownership
b
: a servant's uniform
c
: the distinctive clothing or badge formerly worn by the retainers (see retainer entry 1 sense 1) of a person of rank
d
: distinctive dress : garb
a nun's traditional livery
3
: the act of delivering legal possession of property
4
archaic : the apportioning of provisions especially to servants : allowance
5
archaic
a
: one's retainers or retinue
b
: the members of a British livery company

livery

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adjective

1
: resembling liver
2
: suggesting liver disorder

Examples of livery in a Sentence

Noun the limousine chauffeur was easily distinguished from the cab drivers by his livery
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
The Sempre Senna livery can also be seen on the two McLaren MCL38 race cars that will be competing at the Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 22 May 2024 Carriages moved from house to house driven by enslaved men in scarlet livery, with enslaved boys on the fenders to open gates. CBS News, 26 Apr. 2024
Adjective
Across the street is a livery cab service owned by Kevin Rosario (Jimmy Smits), who came to New York from Puerto Rico and poured his hopes into his daughter, Nina (Leslie Grace). New York Times, 9 June 2021 During the pandemic, some local fleet managers who rented cars to Uber and Lyft drivers re-registered the vehicles for non-livery use and began renting to folks making deliveries for companies like DoorDash and Uber Eats. Anne Kadet, WSJ, 8 June 2021 See all Example Sentences for livery 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

Adjective

see liver entry 1

First Known Use

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4

Adjective

1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of livery was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Livery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/livery. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

livery

noun
liv·​ery
ˈliv-(ə-)rē
plural liveries
1
: a special uniform worn by the servants of a wealthy household
a footman in livery
2
: the clothing worn to distinguish an association of persons
the livery of a school
3
a
: the feeding, care, and stabling of horses for pay
b
: the keeping of horses and vehicles for hire

Medical Definition

livery

adjective
liv·​ery ˈliv-ə-rē How to pronounce livery (audio)
: suggesting liver disorder : liverish

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