|n.||1.||(Eng. Law) The act of delivering possession of lands or tenements.|
|2.||Release from wardship; deliverance.|
|3.||That which is delivered out statedly or formally, as clothing, food, etc.|
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.
|4.||Hence, any characteristic dress or outward appearance.|
|4.||A low grade of wool.|
|5.||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 pots, and white wine, and sugar.
|6.||The feeding, stabling, and care of horses for compensation; boarding; as, to keep one's horses at livery.|
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.
|7.||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.|
|v. t.||1.||To clothe in, or as in, livery.|
|Noun||1.||livery - uniform worn by some menservants and chauffeurs|
|2.||livery - the voluntary transfer of something (title or possession) from one party to another|
|3.||livery - the care (feeding and stabling) of horses for pay|
|Adj.||1.||livery - suffering from or suggesting a liver disorder or gastric distress|
LIVERY, Engl. law. 1. The delivery of possession of lands to those tenants who hold of the king in capite, or knight's service. 2. Livery was also the name of a writ which lay for the heir of age, to obtain the possession of seisin of his lands at the king's hands. F. N. B. 155. 3. It signifies, in the third place, the clothes given by a nobleman or gentleman to his servant.accouterments, armory, badge, badge of office, badges, baton, blazonry, brassard, button, cap and gown, caparison, chain, chain of office, class ring, cockade, collar, cross, decoration, dress, eagle, emblems, ensigns, fasces, figurehead, fleur-de-lis, furnishings, getup, hammer and sickle, harness, heraldry, insignia, lapel pin, mace, mantle, markings, medal, mortarboard, old school tie, outfit, pin, regalia, rig, ring, rose, school ring, shamrock, sigillography, skull and crossbones, sphragistics, staff, swastika, tartan, things, thistle, tie, trappings, trousseau, turnout, uniform, verge, wand, wardrobe