from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A distinctive uniform worn by the male servants of a household.
  • n. The distinctive dress worn by the members of a particular group; uniform: ushers in livery.
  • n. The costume or insignia worn by the retainers of a feudal lord.
  • n. The boarding and care of horses for a fee.
  • n. The hiring out of horses and carriages.
  • n. A livery stable.
  • n. A business that offers vehicles, such as automobiles or boats, for hire.
  • n. Law Official delivery of property, especially land, to a new owner.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any distinctive identifying uniform worn by a group, such as the uniform worn by chauffeurs and male servants.
  • n. The paint scheme of a vehicle or fleet of vehicles.
  • n. A taxicab or limousine.
  • n. The delivery of property from one owner to the next.
  • n. The rental of horses or carriages; the rental of canoes; the care and/or boarding of horses for money.
  • n. A stable that keeps horses or carridges for rental.
  • v. To clothe in.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n.
  • n. The act of delivering possession of lands or tenements.
  • n. The writ by which possession is obtained.
  • n. Release from wardship; deliverance.
  • n. That which is delivered out statedly or formally, as clothing, food, etc.
  • n. The uniform clothing issued by feudal superiors to their retainers and serving as a badge when in military service.
  • n. The peculiar dress by which the servants of a nobleman or gentleman are distinguished.
  • n. Hence, also, the peculiar dress or garb appropriated by any association or body of persons to their own use; ; also, the whole body or company of persons wearing such a garb, and entitled to the privileges of the association.
  • n. Hence, any characteristic dress or outward appearance.
  • n. An allowance of food statedly given out; a ration, as to a family, to servants, to horses, etc.
  • n. The feeding, stabling, and care of horses for compensation; boarding.
  • n. The keeping of horses in readiness to be hired temporarily for riding or driving; the state of being so kept; also, the place where horses are so kept, also called a livery stable.
  • n. A low grade of wool.
  • transitive v. To clothe in, or as in, livery.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Resembling the liver: as, a livery color, texture, etc.
  • To clothe in or as if in livery.
  • n. Delivery; allowance; grant; permission.
  • n. In law: The act of giving possession; delivery.
  • n. The charter or deed of possession accompanying the delivery.
  • n. Release from constraint or control; deliverance.
  • n. Delivery (of blows).
  • n. An allowance of food or other provisions statedly given out; a ration, as to a family, to servants, to horses, etc.
  • n. Keeping on a certain or regular allowance at a certain rate; regular keeping and attendance: now used only of horses: as, to keep a horse at livery.
  • n. A regular distribution of uniform garments, badges, etc., to any body of men; hence, a uniform style prescribed for the dress of a body of servants, followers, or associates.
  • n. A badge, cognizance, garment, or entire costume of uniform fashion formerly marking the retainers of a feudal lord, the followers of a military superior, or the members of a company, as a gild or corporation; at the present time, the dress worn by servants, especially men servants, when of peculiar fashion and indicating whom it is that they serve.
  • n. Figuratively, any characteristic dress, or a dress assumed for or worn upon a particular occasion; hence, characteristic covering or outward appearance: as, the livery of May or of autumn.
  • n. A livery-stable.
  • n. Same as livery company: as, the London liveries.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. suffering from or suggesting a liver disorder or gastric distress
  • n. the care (feeding and stabling) of horses for pay
  • n. uniform worn by some menservants and chauffeurs
  • n. the voluntary transfer of something (title or possession) from one party to another


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English liveri, from Old French livree, delivery, from feminine past participle of livrer, to deliver, from Latin līberāre, to free, from līber, free; see leudh- in Indo-European roots.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Anglo-Norman liveree, from Old French livree. Compare modern French livrer.



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