Livery

Definition of Livery

Liv´er`y
n.1.(Eng. Law) The act of delivering possession of lands or tenements.
2.Release from wardship; deliverance.
It concerned them first to sue out their livery from the unjust wardship of his encroaching prerogative.
- Milton.
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.
- Chaucer.
From the periodical deliveries of these characteristic articles of servile costume (blue coats) came our word livery.
- De Quincey.
4.Hence, any characteristic dress or outward appearance.
Now came still evening on, and twilight gray
Had in her sober livery all things clad.
- Milton.
4.A low grade of wool.
Livery gown
the gown worn by a liveryman in London.
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.
- Cavendish.
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.
- Spenser.
It need hardly be observed that the explanation of livery which Spenser offers is perfectly correct, but . . . it is no longer applied to the ration or stated portion of food delivered at stated periods.
- Trench.
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.
Pegasus does not stand at livery even at the largest establishment in Moorfields.
- Lowell.
v. t.1.To clothe in, or as in, livery.

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