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

Example Sentences

Noun the limousine chauffeur was easily distinguished from the cab drivers by his livery
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
There's no better way to outclass a modern 911 in a tired and entirely predictable Gulf Oil livery. Brendan Mcaleer, Car and Driver, 25 Dec. 2022 Resplendent in the exact same livery as either #63 Bagnaia or #19 Bautista, the bikes will be identical in specification to the ones raced. Peter Jackson, Robb Report, 21 Dec. 2022 At least the Texas tuner's livery isn't as gaudy as the one Ford offers on the regular Raptor R's bedsides. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, 20 Dec. 2022 In 2019, 54% of all flights sold by American, Delta or United were operated by one of their smaller regional airline partners with names on the livery such as American Eagle, Endeavor and United Express. Dallas News, 23 Sep. 2022 The event included two truck cabs decked out in the livery of Pepsi and Frito-Lay, PepsiCo’s snack foods subsidiary. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, 1 Dec. 2022 And if the lively livery of his Porsche 718 from last year left an impression, then the latest entry—the all-new-for-2022 GT4 RS Clubsport—will be blowing minds at every turn. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 6 Apr. 2022 In the images, he can be seen in a red and gold livery, with a black waistcoat, and a crisp white shirt with a matching bowtie. Armani Syed, Time, 9 Nov. 2022 Le Man class winner’s red-and-blue livery, according to the brand. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 5 Oct. 2022
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 More

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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 27 Jan. 2023.

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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