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 Today, his expensive livery coat is on display through December at the Maryland Center for History and Culture, about a block away. Christina Tkacik,, "The life and coat of Tilghman Davis, who drove for the same Maryland family in slavery and freedom," 22 Oct. 2020 Sporting a crisp black, white, and yellow livery, the XB-1 looks like a fighter jet absent the Sidewinder missiles and military paint job. Eric Adams, Wired, "How to Design a Supersonic Plane for the (Fairly Rich) Masses," 15 Oct. 2020 Helping in that endeavor, Karam flashed a new-look livery this past weekend at IMS with primary sponsor Oil2Soil. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, "Insider: A look at where each IndyCar team stands entering Silly Season," 6 Oct. 2020 The side-loader body, built by Heil, wore the livery of refuse giant Republic Services, which is testing the prototype in Hickory, N.C. Electric trash truck love is in the air. Dan Neil, WSJ, "Electric Trash Trucks Are Coming Quietly to Your Town," 7 Oct. 2020 The 25-year-old will sport a brand-new white, lime green and navy livery with primary sponsor Oil2Soil, the partner’s first time with the prime spot on the car. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, "Sage Karam, Dreyer and Reinbold Racing entering Harvest Grand Prix doubleheader at IMS," 23 Sep. 2020 A month later, another Etihad Airways flight made the same journey, this time in full livery with the UAE flag on the side. Andrew Carey, Oren Liebermann And Vivian Salama, CNN, "First Israeli commercial flight between Israel and UAE takes to the skies," 31 Aug. 2020 Drivers, including taxi cabs, livery vehicles, and ridehailing services, would generally pay a fee to drive south of 60th Street. Matt Mcfarland, CNN, "Plan to charge cars for driving into New York City is facing 'unprecedented' delays," 24 Aug. 2020 The plane, decorated in Hello Kitty livery, will take off from Taipei Taoyuan Airport and will land several hours later back at the same location. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "This Airline Is Hosting a Hello Kitty-themed Flight to Nowhere — and It Includes a Michelin-star Meal," 3 Aug. 2020

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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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25 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Livery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of livery

: the business of keeping vehicles that people can hire
British : 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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