What does livery mean?

Definitions for livery
ˈlɪv ə ri, ˈlɪv riliv·ery

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word livery.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. livery(noun)

    uniform worn by some menservants and chauffeurs

  2. delivery, livery, legal transfer(noun)

    the voluntary transfer of something (title or possession) from one party to another

  3. livery(adj)

    the care (feeding and stabling) of horses for pay

  4. bilious, liverish, livery(adj)

    suffering from or suggesting a liver disorder or gastric distress


  1. livery(Noun)

    Any distinctive identifying uniform worn by a group, such as the uniform worn by chauffeurs and male servants.

  2. livery(Noun)

    The paint scheme of a vehicle or fleet of vehicles.

    The airline's new livery received a mixed reaction from the press.

  3. livery(Noun)

    A taxicab or limousine.

  4. livery(Noun)

    The delivery of property from one owner to the next.

  5. livery(Noun)

    The rental of horses and/or carriages; the rental of canoes; the care and/or boarding of horses for money.

  6. livery(Verb)

    To clothe in.

    He liveried his servents in the most modest of clothing

  7. Origin: From liveree, from livree. Compare modern French livrer.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Livery(noun)

    the act of delivering possession of lands or tenements

  2. Livery(noun)

    the writ by which possession is obtained

  3. Livery(noun)

    release from wardship; deliverance

  4. Livery(noun)

    that which is delivered out statedly or formally, as clothing, food, etc

  5. Livery(noun)

    the uniform clothing issued by feudal superiors to their retainers and serving as a badge when in military service

  6. Livery(noun)

    the peculiar dress by which the servants of a nobleman or gentleman are distinguished; as, a claret-colored livery

  7. Livery(noun)

    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

  8. Livery(noun)

    hence, any characteristic dress or outward appearance

  9. Livery(noun)

    an allowance of food statedly given out; a ration, as to a family, to servants, to horses, etc

  10. Livery(noun)

    the feeding, stabling, and care of horses for compensation; boarding; as, to keep one's horses at livery

  11. Livery(noun)

    the keeping of horses in readiness to be hired temporarily for riding or driving; the state of being so kept

  12. Livery(noun)

    a low grade of wool

  13. Livery(verb)

    to clothe in, or as in, livery

  14. Origin: [OE. livere, F. livre, formerly, a gift of clothes made by the master to his servants, prop., a thing delivered, fr. livrer to deliver, L. liberare to set free, in LL., to deliver up. See Liberate.]


  1. 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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Livery

    liv′ėr-i, n. the dress or uniform worn by servants, esp. men-servants: a dress peculiar to certain persons or things, as in the trade-guilds of London: any characteristic dress: the being kept and fed at a certain rate, as horses at livery: the whole body of liverymen in London: (orig.) the distinctive dress worn by the household of a king or nobleman, so called because delivered or given at regular periods.—adj. Liv′eried, clothed in livery.—ns. Liv′ery-com′pany, a guild of the city of London; Liv′eryman, a man who wears a livery: a freeman of the city of London entitled to wear the livery and enjoy other privileges of his company; Liv′ery-ser′vant, a servant who wears a livery; Liv′ery-stā′ble, a stable where horses and vehicles are kept for hire.—Sue one's livery (Shak.), to ask for the writ delivering a freehold into the possession of its heir. [Fr. livréelivrer—L. liberāre, to free.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of livery in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of livery in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of livery in a Sentence

  1. Roger Quarles Mills:

    Prohibition was introduced as a fraud; it has been nursed as a fraud. It is wrapped in the livery of Heaven, but it comes to serve the devil. It comes to regulate by law our appetites and our daily lives. It comes to tear down liberty and build up fanaticism, hypocrisy, and intolerance. It comes to confiscate by legislative decree the property of many of our fellow citizens. It comes to send spies, detectives, and informers into our homes; to have us arrested and carried before courts and condemned to fines and imprisonments. It comes to dissipate the sunlight of happiness, peace, and prosperity in which we are now living and to fill our land with alienations, estrangements, and bitterness. It comes to bring us evil - only evil - and that continually. Let us rise in our might as one and overwhelm it with such indignation that we shall never hear of it again as long as grass grows and water runs.

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