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

outfit, uniform

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Examples of livery in a Sentence


the limousine chauffeur was easily distinguished from the cab drivers by his livery

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The bike maker’s signature orange livery has been on innumerable podiums across the world for motocross, enduros, trials and rallies. Joe Michaud, San Diego Union-Tribune, "2019 KTM 790 Duke: a lightweight, midsize rocket of a bike," 25 Aug. 2019 Other red pigments, meanwhile, either start off dull (oxides of iron) or fade to dullness unless given special protection from ultraviolet light (Pigment Red 254, the source of Ferraris’ characteristic scarlet livery). The Economist, "A team of chemists are searching for a new red pigment," 11 July 2019 Related Reading Norwegian’s distinctive livery, featuring famous Norwegians on its tail, became a frequent sight at airports on both sides of the Atlantic. Dominic Chopping, WSJ, "Norwegian Air Replaces CEO, Forecasts Lower Growth," 11 July 2019 Boeing said its livery experts helped the White House Military Office with the design scheme. Washington Post, "Trump shifts to talk of Air Force One," 21 June 2019 These four liveries take design cues from historic finishes at the famed event. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, "Ford GT Gets Special Racing Liveries That Celebrate Legendary Wins at Le Mans," 29 May 2019 Its garish yellow and blue livery–much like its loud-mouthed chief executive, Michael O’Leary–is an assault on the senses. M.r., The Economist, "Ryanair is starting to hide its brand," 14 June 2019 An 18-wheeler in colorful Hootie and the Blowfish livery cruises past, headed down to The Wharf for a concert tomorrow night., "Beach bound? Don’t miss this Baldwin Co. hot dog stand," 7 June 2019 While the red liveries and airport signage sported by Virgin America - the most recent major airline established in America - are now gone, the brand itself isn’t fully dead. Justin Bachman, Anchorage Daily News, "Virgin America vanishes into Alaska Airlines - along with Branson’s US dream," 4 June 2019

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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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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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