The definition of a livery is a particular uniform or a design, or the act of maintaining horses.noun
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noun pl. liveries
- an identifying uniform such as was formerly worn by feudal retainers or is now worn by servants or those in some particular group, trade, etc.
- the people wearing such uniforms
- characteristic dress or appearance
- the keeping and feeding of horses for a fixed charge
- the keeping of horses, vehicles, or both, for hire
- ☆ livery stable
- ☆ a place where boats can be rented
- Eng. Law, Historical the legal delivery of property, esp. landed property, into the hands of the new owner
Origin: ME, allowance of food, gift of clothes to a servant, thing delivered < OFr livree, pp. of livrer, to deliver < L liberare, to liberate
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noun pl. liv·er·ies
- A distinctive uniform worn by the male servants of a household.
- The distinctive dress worn by the members of a particular group; uniform: ushers in livery.
- The costume or insignia worn by the retainers of a feudal lord.
- a. The boarding and care of horses for a fee.b. The hiring out of horses and carriages.c. A livery stable.
- A business that offers vehicles, such as automobiles or boats, for hire.
- Law Official delivery of property, especially land, to a new owner.
Origin: 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.