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[liv-uh-ree, liv-ree] /ˈlɪv ə ri, ˈlɪv ri/
noun, plural liveries.
a distinctive uniform, badge, or device formerly provided by someone of rank or title for his retainers, as in time of war.
a uniform worn by servants.
distinctive attire worn by an official, a member of a company or guild, etc.
Also called livery company. British. a guild or company of the City of London entitled to wear such livery.
characteristic dress, garb, or outward appearance:
the green livery of summer.
the care, feeding, stabling, etc., of horses for pay.
a company that rents out automobiles, boats, etc.
Law. an ancient method of conveying a freehold by formal delivery of possession.
Origin of livery1
1250-1300; Middle English livere < Anglo-French, equivalent to Old French livree allowance (of food, clothing, etc.), noun use of feminine past participle of livrer to give over < Latin līberāre; see liberate


[liv-uh-ree] /ˈlɪv ə ri/
1770-80; liver1 + -y1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for livery
  • In addition, livery cabs triple-parked outside their bases are grating nerves.
  • For companies, car sharing is a way to reduce rental costs, fleet size or use of car livery services.
  • livery cabs are licensed but do not have medallions, and they are not allowed to pick up street fares.
  • Great beribboned baskets of them, delivered in horse-drawn vans by a coachman and attendant in livery.
  • Every time you see a livery cab pick up a street hail, that is illegal.
  • One of the biggest rider complaints, little screens would not be required in livery cabs taking street hails, under a city plan.
  • There are situated several livery stables and the horse mart.
  • At the livery stable people who did not own a horse could rent one.
  • Visitors could leave their horses at the livery stable while staying in town.
  • The livery stable was both a transportation rental agency and a hotel for horses.
British Dictionary definitions for livery


noun (pl) -eries
the identifying uniform, badge, etc, of a member of a guild or one of the servants of a feudal lord
a uniform worn by some menservants and chauffeurs
an individual or group that wears such a uniform
distinctive dress or outward appearance
  1. the stabling, keeping, or hiring out of horses for money
  2. (as modifier): a livery horse
at livery, being kept in a livery stable
(legal history) an ancient method of conveying freehold land
Word Origin
C14: via Anglo-French from Old French livrée allocation, from livrer to hand over, from Latin līberāre to set free


of or resembling liver
another word for liverish
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Word Origin and History for livery

c.1300, "household allowance of any kind (food, provisions, clothing) to retainers or servants," from Anglo-French livere (late 13c.), Old French livrée, "allowance, ration, pay," originally "(clothes) delivered by a master to his retinue," from fem. past participle of livrer "to dispense, deliver, hand over," from Latin liberare (see liberate). The sense later was reduced to "servants' rations" and "provender for horses" (mid-15c.). The former led to the meaning "distinctive clothing given to servants" (early 14c.); the latter now is obsolete except in livery stable (1705). Related: Liveried.

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