from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A coat forming part of a livery-dress—especially, in modern times, of that of a man servant.


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  • “Take the livery-coat of that noble prisoner,” said Captain

    A Legend of Montrose

  • A lady entered, accompanied by a girl of eighteen, her daughter, and followed by a lackey in a furred livery-coat.

    Taras Bulba and Other Tales

  • A tall old porter used to stand there in a long livery-coat and a cocked-hat; on holidays he appeared in the traditional garb of the Parisian "Suisse," magnificent in silk stockings and a heavily laced coat of dark green, leaning upon his tall mace -- a constant object of wonder to the small boys of the quarter.


  • He had kept his brown livery-coat, only his wife had taken the silver buttons off and put brass ones instead, because they did not think it polite to Mr. Coleman in his fallen fortunes to let his crest be seen upon the box of a cab.

    At the Back of the North Wind

  • 'I've been making Jem try on his livery-coat that he hasn't worn this three or four years, -- he's got too stout for it now.'

    Wives and Daughters

  • "George," and get a livery-coat for Thomas, which I've long been wanting, only dear Mr. Gibson did not like it, but on an occasion like this I'm sure he won't mind; and Thomas shall go on the box, and -- '

    Wives and Daughters

  • In vain the regent said to him, at each new favor that he granted, "Dubois, take care, it is only a livery-coat that I am putting on your back."

    The Conspirators The Chevalier d'Harmental

  • He lived with a Doctor, and carried nostrums from morning till night: his master giving him a livery-coat, to raise his own consequence with those he attended.

    Anecdotes and Observations, Reflections and Critical Remarks

  • Having told him that I was myself, instead of a better; and having asked him to step in, that I might have a glimpse of his face at the candle, I saw that he was a stranger, dressed in a droll auld-farrant green livery-coat, faced with white.

    The Life of Mansie Wauch tailor in Dalkeith

  • "Take the livery-coat of that noble prisoner," said Captain Dalgetty;

    A Legend of Montrose


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