I. noun (plural -eries) Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French liveree, livree, literally, delivery, from liverer to deliver, from Latin liberare to free — more at liberate Date: 14th century 1. archaic the apportioning of provisions especially to servants ; allowance 2. a. the distinctive clothing or badge formerly worn by the retainers of a person of rank b. a servant's uniform c. distinctive dress ; garb d. chiefly British an identifying design (as on a vehicle) that designates ownership 3. archaic a. one's retainers or retinue b. the members of a British livery company 4. the act of delivering legal possession of property 5. a. the feeding, stabling, and care of horses for pay b. livery stable c. a concern offering vehicles (as boats) for rent II. adjective Date: 1778 1. resembling liver 2. suggesting liver disorder

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  • Livĕry — (engl.), 1) die Gesammtheit der Londoner Bürger, welche das Wahlrecht besitzen; 2) so v.w. Zunft …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

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