livery company

noun

Definition of livery company

: any of various London craft or trade associations that are descended from medieval guilds

Examples of livery company in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The right to own swans was granted to the Vintners and Dyers city livery companies in the 15th century. Emily Cleaver, Smithsonian, 31 July 2017

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First Known Use of livery company

1658, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of livery company was in 1658

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“Livery company.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/livery%20company. Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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