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livery

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noun liv·ery \ˈli-və-rē, ˈliv-rē\

Definition of livery

plural

liveries

  1. 1 archaic :  the apportioning of provisions especially to servants :  allowance

  2. 2a :  the distinctive clothing or badge formerly worn by the retainers (see 1retainer 1) of a person of rankb :  a servant's uniformc :  distinctive dress :  garb <a nun's traditional livery>d chiefly British :  an identifying design (as on a vehicle) that designates ownership

  3. 3 archaic a :  one's retainers or retinueb :  the members of a British livery company

  4. 4 :  the act of delivering legal possession of property

  5. 5a :  the feeding, stabling, and care of horses for payb :  livery stablec :  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>

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


First Known Use: 14th century


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livery

adjective liv·ery

Definition of livery

  1. 1 :  resembling liver

  2. 2 :  suggesting liver disorder

Origin and Etymology of livery

see 1liver


First Known Use: 1594


LIVERY Defined for English Language Learners

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livery

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noun liv·ery \ˈli-və-rē, ˈliv-rē\

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

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noun liv·ery \ˈli-və-rē, ˈliv-rē\

Definition of livery for Students

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liveries

  1. 1 :  a special uniform worn by the servants of a wealthy household

  2. 2 :  the business of keeping horses and vehicles for hire :  a place (livery stable) that keeps horses and vehicles for hire


Medical Dictionary

livery

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adjective liv·ery \ˈliv-ə-rē\

Medical Definition of livery

  1. :  suggesting liver disorder :  liverish



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