- The definition of a livery is a particular uniform or a design, or the act of maintaining horses.
An example of a livery is the uniform of the army.
The livery of a U.S. soldier.
- 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 of liveryMiddle English allowance of food, gift of clothes to a servant, thing delivered ; from Old French livree, past participle of livrer, to deliver ; from Classical Latin liberare, to liberate
- 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 of liveryMiddle 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.
- 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.
- (US) A taxicab or limousine.
- (law) The delivery of property from one owner to the next.
- (law) The writ by which property is obtained.
- (historical) The rental of horses or carriages; the rental of canoes; the care and/or boarding of horses for money.
- (historical) A stable that keeps horses or carriages for rental.
- An allowance of food; a ration, as given out to a family, to servants, to horses, etc.
- Release from wardship; deliverance.
- A low grade of wool.
(third-person singular simple present liveries, present participle liverying, simple past and past participle liveried)
- (archaic) To clothe in.
- He liveried his servents in the most modest of clothing
From Anglo-Norman liveree, from Old French livree. Compare modern French livrer.