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livery (plural liveries)
- Any distinctive identifying uniform worn by a group, such as the uniform worn by chauffeurs and male servants.
1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 7, in Mr. Pratt's Patients:
- “I don't know how you and the ‘head,’ as you call him, will get on, but I do know that if you call my duds a ‘livery’ again there'll be trouble. It's bad enough to go around togged out like a life saver on a drill day, but I can stand that 'cause I'm paid for it. What I won't stand is to have them togs called a livery. […]”
- J. M. Bennett
- By wearing livery, the brewers publicly expressed guild association and solidarity.
- 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.
- Pegasus does not stand at livery even at the largest establishment in Moorfields.
- (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.
- 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.
- Release from wardship; deliverance.
- It concerned them first to sue out their livery from the unjust wardship of his encroaching prerogative.
- A low grade of wool.
distinctive uniform worn by a group