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Meaning of LIVERY

Pronunciation:  'livuree

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

LIVERY is a 6 letter word that starts with L.


 Synonyms: bilious, delivery, ill, legal transfer, liverish, sick
 See Also: aid, attention, bailment, care, conveyance, conveyance of title, conveyancing, conveying, surrender, tending, uniform



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Liv"er*y\, n.; pl. {Liveries}. [OE. livere, F.
    livr['e]e, 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
    1. (Eng. Law)
       (a) The act of delivering possession of lands or
       (b) The writ by which possession is obtained.
    Note: It is usual to say, livery of seizin, which is a feudal
          investiture, made by the delivery of a turf, of a rod,
          or twig, from the feoffor to the feoffee. In the United
          States, and now in Great Britain, no such ceremony is
          necessary, the delivery of a deed being sufficient.
    2. Release from wardship; deliverance.
             It concerned them first to sue out their livery from
             the unjust wardship of his encroaching prerogative.
    3. That which is delivered out statedly or formally, as
       clothing, food, etc.; especially:
       (a) The uniform clothing issued by feudal superiors to
           their retainers and serving as a badge when in
           military service.
       (b) The peculiar dress by which the servants of a nobleman
           or gentleman are distinguished; as, a claret-colored
       (c) 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.
                 A Haberdasher and a Carpenter, A Webbe, a Dyer,
                 and a Tapicer, And they were clothed all in one
                 livery Of a solempne and a gret fraternite.
                 From the periodical deliveries of these
                 characteristic articles of servile costume (blue
                 coats) came our word livery.      --De Quincey.
       (d) Hence, any characteristic dress or outward appearance.
           `` April's livery.'' --Sir P. Sidney.
                 Now came still evening on, and twilight gray Had
                 in her sober livery all things clad. --Milton.
       (e) An allowance of food statedly given out; a ration, as
           to a family, to servants, to horses, etc.
                 The emperor's officers every night went through
                 the town from house to house whereat any English
                 gentleman did repast or lodge, and served their
                 liveries for all night: first, the officers
                 brought into the house a cast of fine manchet
                 [white bread], and of silver two great post, and
                 white wine, and sugar.            --Cavendish.
       (f) The feeding, stabling, and care of horses for
           compensation; boarding; as, to keep one's horses at
                 What livery is, we by common use in England know
                 well enough, namely, that is, allowance of horse
                 meat, as to keep horses at livery, the which
                 word, I guess, is derived of livering or
                 delivering forth their nightly food. --Spenser.
                 It need hardly be observed that the explanation
                 of livery which Spenser offers is perfectly
                 correct, but . . . it is no longer applied to
                 the ration or stated portion of food delivered
                 at stated periods.                --Trench.
       (g) The keeping of horses in readiness to be hired
           temporarily for riding or driving; the state of being
           so kept.
                 Pegasus does not stand at livery even at the
                 largest establishment in Moorfields. --Lowell.
    4. A low grade of wool.
    {Livery gown}, the gown worn by a liveryman in London.
  2. \Liv"er*y\, v. t.
    To clothe in, or as in, livery. --Shak.
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