Definitions for liveryˈlɪv ə ri, ˈlɪv ri
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
liv•er•yˈlɪv ə ri, ˈlɪv ri(n.)(pl.)-er•ies.
a distinctive uniform, badge, or device formerly provided by someone of rank or title for his or her retainers.
a uniform worn by servants.
distinctive attire worn by an official, a member of a company or guild, etc.
any of various companies of the City of London descended from medieval guilds and formerly characterized by such livery.
characteristic dress, garb, or outward appearance:
the green livery of summer.
the care, feeding, stabling, etc., of horses for pay.
Ref: livery stable.
a company that rents out automobiles, boats, etc.
Law. an ancient method of conveying a freehold by formal delivery of possession.
Origin of livery:
1250–1300; ME livere < AF, < OF livree allowance (of food, clothing, etc.), n. use of fem. ptp. of livrer to give over < L līberāre
liv•er•yˈlɪv ə ri(adj.)
Origin of livery:
1770–80; liver1+ -y1
uniform worn by some menservants and chauffeurs
delivery, livery, legal transfer(noun)
the voluntary transfer of something (title or possession) from one party to another
the care (feeding and stabling) of horses for pay
bilious, liverish, livery(adj)
suffering from or suggesting a liver disorder or gastric distress
Any distinctive identifying uniform worn by a group, such as the uniform worn by chauffeurs and male servants.
The paint scheme of a vehicle or fleet of vehicles.
The airline's new livery received a mixed reaction from the press.
A taxicab or limousine.
The delivery of property from one owner to the next.
The rental of horses and/or carriages; the rental of canoes; the care and/or boarding of horses for money.
To clothe in.
He liveried his servents in the most modest of clothing
Origin: From liveree, from livree. Compare modern French livrer.
the act of delivering possession of lands or tenements
the writ by which possession is obtained
release from wardship; deliverance
that which is delivered out statedly or formally, as clothing, food, etc
the uniform clothing issued by feudal superiors to their retainers and serving as a badge when in military service
the peculiar dress by which the servants of a nobleman or gentleman are distinguished; as, a claret-colored livery
hence, also, the peculiar dress or garb appropriated by any association or body of persons to their own use; as, the livery of the London tradesmen, of a priest, of a charity school, etc.; also, the whole body or company of persons wearing such a garb, and entitled to the privileges of the association; as, the whole livery of London
hence, any characteristic dress or outward appearance
an allowance of food statedly given out; a ration, as to a family, to servants, to horses, etc
the feeding, stabling, and care of horses for compensation; boarding; as, to keep one's horses at livery
the keeping of horses in readiness to be hired temporarily for riding or driving; the state of being so kept
a low grade of wool
to clothe in, or as in, livery
A livery is a uniform, insignia or symbol adorning, in a non-military context, a person, an object or a vehicle that denotes a relationship between the wearer of the livery and an individual or corporate body. Often, elements of the heraldry relating to the individual or corporate body feature in the livery. Alternatively, some kind of a personal emblem or badge, or a distinctive colour, is featured. The word itself derives from the French livrée, meaning dispensed, handed over. Most often it would indicate that the wearer of the livery was a servant, dependent, follower or friend of the owner of the livery, or, in the case of objects, that the object belonged to them. The phrase "to sue one's livery" refers to the formal recognition of a noble's majority, in exchange of payment, for conferring the powers attached to his title, and thereby freeing him from dependence as a ward.
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