liv·​ery | \ ˈli-və-rē How to pronounce livery (audio) , ˈliv-rē \
plural liveries

Definition of livery

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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
2a 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



Definition of livery (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : resembling liver
2 : suggesting liver disorder

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Synonyms for livery

Synonyms: Noun

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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 interior is refurbished and sanitized, while the exterior gets a fresh coat of paint that can be enhanced by a custom livery of the owner’s choice. J. George Gorant, Robb Report, 2 Aug. 2021 The Gulf Signature Edition builds on the 911 (964) conversion that has grabbed so much press attention and gives it a classic racing livery, which the company has full permission from Gulf Oil to use. James Morris, Forbes, 18 Sep. 2021 First Student transferred drivers from other locations, and a number of local livery companies pitched in to help, and busing was back to normal by late in the week. Don Stacom,, 7 Sep. 2021 Thie replica sports a brilliant fire engine red paint job and a racing livery and rides on a set of gold wheels. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 11 Aug. 2021 The production-spec Albert mimics the prototype’s camouflage livery, with a complex paint job featuring a gradient of grey lines representing the airflow over the car. Caleb Miller, Car and Driver, 5 Aug. 2021 The car Gordon drove for the exhibition laps featured a throwback Clauson-Marshall Racing livery. Stefan Krajisnik, The Indianapolis Star, 17 June 2021 The car had the iconic 2002 Red Bull livery restored and underwent a complete engine and gearbox rebuild. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 11 June 2021 Norse Atlantic also unveiled its livery this week, showing off the blue and white colors that will adorn each aircraft. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, 11 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: 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

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First Known Use of livery


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4


1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for livery


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


see liver entry 1

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

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14 Oct 2021

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“Livery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of livery

: 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


liv·​ery | \ ˈli-və-rē How to pronounce livery (audio) , ˈliv-rē \
plural liveries

Kids Definition of livery

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


liv·​ery | \ ˈliv-ə-rē How to pronounce livery (audio) \

Medical Definition of livery

: suggesting liver disorder : liverish

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