• WordNet 3.6
    • adj livery suffering from or suggesting a liver disorder or gastric distress
    • n livery the care (feeding and stabling) of horses for pay
    • n livery the voluntary transfer of something (title or possession) from one party to another
    • n livery uniform worn by some menservants and chauffeurs
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Livery A low grade of wool.
    • Livery An allowance of food statedly given out; a ration, as to a family, to servants, to horses, etc.
    • Livery 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.
    • Livery Hence, any characteristic dress or outward appearance.
    • Livery Release from wardship; deliverance. "It concerned them first to sue out their livery from the unjust wardship of his encroaching prerogative."
    • Livery That which is delivered out statedly or formally, as clothing, food, etc.
    • Livery (Eng. Law) The act of delivering possession of lands or tenements.
    • Livery The feeding, stabling, and care of horses for compensation; boarding; as, to keep one's horses at livery .
    • Livery The keeping of horses in readiness to be hired temporarily for riding or driving; the state of being so kept; also, the place where horses are so kept, also called a livery stable.
    • Livery The peculiar dress by which the servants of a nobleman or gentleman are distinguished; as, a claret-colored livery .
    • Livery The uniform clothing issued by feudal superiors to their retainers and serving as a badge when in military service.
    • Livery (Eng. Law) The writ by which possession is obtained.
    • v. t Livery To clothe in, or as in, livery.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • livery Resembling the liver: as, a livery color, texture, etc.
    • n livery Delivery; allowance; grant; permission.
    • n livery In law: The act of giving possession; delivery. Chiefly used in the phrase livery of seizin—that is, the act of putting a person in corporal possession of a freehold by giving him the ring, latch, or key of the door; or, if land, by delivering him a turf or twig, accompanied by a form of words or (as always in later times) a written document expressing the transfer of possession; or, in either case, doing any act before witnesses which clearly places the party in possession. It formerly accompanied all conveyances of land, but is now confined in England to that conveyance called a feoffment. It is unknown in American law.
    • n livery The charter or deed of possession accompanying the delivery.
    • n livery Release from constraint or control; deliverance.
    • n livery Delivery (of blows).
    • n livery An allowance of food or other provisions statedly given out; a ration, as to a family, to servants, to horses, etc.
    • n livery Keeping on a certain or regular allowance at a certain rate; regular keeping and attendance: now used only of horses: as, to keep a horse at livery.
    • n livery A regular distribution of uniform garments, badges, etc., to any body of men; hence, a uniform style prescribed for the dress of a body of servants, followers, or associates.
    • n livery A badge, cognizance, garment, or entire costume of uniform fashion formerly marking the retainers of a feudal lord, the followers of a military superior, or the members of a company, as a gild or corporation; at the present time, the dress worn by servants, especially men servants, when of peculiar fashion and indicating whom it is that they serve. Such liveries usually take their colors from the heraldic tinctures used in the armorial bearings, or with modifications. Thus, if the master's arms include a field or, the color of the livery-coat, instead of yellow, may be drab; so in England red, being the color of the royal livery, is avoided by all subjects, and maroon or chocolate is substituted for it when gules is prominent in the arms of the employer.
    • n livery Figuratively, any characteristic dress, or a dress assumed for or worn upon a particular occasion; hence, characteristic covering or outward appearance: as, the livery of May or of autumn.
    • n livery A livery-stable.
    • n livery Same as livery company: as, the London liveries.
    • livery To clothe in or as if in livery.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Livery resembling the liver
    • n Livery liv′ėr-i the dress or uniform worn by servants, esp. men-servants: a dress peculiar to certain persons or things, as in the trade-guilds of London: any characteristic dress: the being kept and fed at a certain rate, as horses at livery: the whole body of liverymen in London:
    • n Livery liv′ėr-i (orig.) the distinctive dress worn by the household of a king or nobleman, so called because delivered or given at regular periods
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. livere, F. livrée, 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 Liberate
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. livréelivrer—L. liberāre, to free.


In literature:

Regular swell turnout, with a footman in brown livery.
"North of Fifty-Three" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
On the platform, to the left of the station building, stood a boy twelve or fourteen years old, dressed in livery.
"The Guests Of Hercules" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
Do you see any difference between them and the footman in livery on the carriage-box?
"Lights and Shadows of New York Life" by James D. McCabe
I heard your speech this morning about his mistress, with her livery of scarlet and gold.
"The Eternal City" by Hall Caine
Her gaze descended upon the incongruous top-hat and gold-laced livery of Scipio, touched with the morning sunshine.
"The Mayor of Troy" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
From the service of plate to the thirty servants in livery, nothing was omitted.
"Henrietta Temple A Love Story" by Benjamin Disraeli
No, she wanted no livery teams for the night work.
"Horses Nine" by Sewell Ford
Livery M. Nothing new, sir, and you know all the stud pretty well (knowingly).
"The English Spy" by Bernard Blackmantle
Lady Aphrodite was all smiles and new liveries, and the Duke of St. James reined in his charger right often at her splendid equipage.
"The Young Duke" by Benjamin Disraeli
That I had a carriage and horses and I could open a livery stable.
"Watch Yourself Go By" by Al. G. Field

In poetry:

Within my Lucia's cheek,
(Whose livery ye wear)
Play ye at hide or seek,
I'm sure to find ye there.
"To Carnations: A Song" by Robert Herrick
O woman, where is they resistless power;
I swore the livery of Heaven to grace,
Yet stand, to-day, a sacrilegious tower,
Perjured by the witchery of thy face.
"To Revenita (10)" by Madge Morris Wagner
For two pound seventeen
This livery-man eplied,
For the keep of Mr. Jacob's oss,
Which the thief had took to ride.
"Do you see anythink green in me?"
Mr. Jacob Homnium cried.
"Jacob Homnium’s Hoss" by William Makepeace Thackeray
Lo the curtains of night around Palestine fall,
And Jerusalem's streets into darkness are thrown;
The late-busy hum of men's voices is hushed,
And the city is clad in dark livery alone.
"The Nocturnal Visit" by Mary Ann H T Bigelow
In the long, bright summer, dear to bird and bee,
When the woods are standing in liveries green and gay,
Merry little voices sound from every tree,
And they whisper secrets all the day.
"Secrets" by Susan Coolidge
"Two maids in waiting would be best;
My servant in a livery-dress:
For these I have a strong desire;
Higher my wishes can't aspire.
If both are plac'd to my account,
Not one step more I wish to mount."
"Thirteen Wishes" by William Hutton

In news:

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Dow CEO Andrew Liveris takes top spot for 2012.
Liveris to visit Freeport , Texas, site as Dow mulls C2 expansion.
Strong winds Friday toppled the walls of a 119-year-old livery stable on S. Greenfield Ave that was being dismantled to be rebuilt at another location.
Reckless city cab and livery drivers don't get away with as much as you think.
The boards come down on last historic Milwaukee livery stable.
Lincoln likely will have the livery and limousine market to itself.
The workhorse of the livery and limousine market for decades has been the rear-drive Lincoln Town Car.
These liveries would be painted a different color to help passengers distinguish them from other vehicles.
The unique red and white livery design pays homage to the iconic Yamaha Factory Racing liveries of the past with a modern twist.
Livery Cab Plan Hits a Dead End.
Wrooom Unveils the Ducati GP11's New Livery .
Air Racer John Livingston's Waco Restored to Its 1928 Livery .
NC7527 in Mid-West Airways livery .