Definition of livery noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈlɪvəri//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlɪvəri//
    [uncountable, countable] (pl. liveries)
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  1. 1(British English) the colours in which the vehicles, aircraft, etc. of a particular company are painted aircraft painted in the new British Airways livery
  2. 2a special uniform worn by servants or officials, especially in the past coachmen wearing their distinctive livery of red and gold
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French livree ‘delivered’, feminine past participle of livrer, from Latin liberare ‘liberate’ (in medieval Latin ‘hand over’). The original sense was ‘the dispensing of food, provisions, or clothing to servants’; also ‘allowance of fodder for horses’, surviving in the phrase at livery and in livery stable. The current senses arose because medieval nobles provided matching clothes to distinguish their servants from the servants of others'.
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