A livery /ˈlɪvəri/ is a uniform, insignia or symbol adorning, in a non-military context, a person, an object or a vehicle that denotes a relationship between the wearer of the livery and an individual or corporate body. Often, elements of the heraldry relating to the individual or corporate body feature in the livery. Alternatively, some kind of a personal emblem or badge, or a distinctive colour, is featured.
The word itself derives from the French livrée, meaning dispensed, handed over. Most often it would indicate that the wearer of the livery was a servant, dependent, follower or friend of the owner of the livery, or, in the case of objects, that the object belonged to them.
The phrase 'to sue one's livery' refers to the formal recognition of a noble's majority, in exchange of payment, for conferring the powers attached to his title, and thereby freeing him from dependence as a ward.
Other articles related to "livery":
... be challenged and removed Travel With Hunny's current livery is red with a gold skirt ... The previous livery was blue with gold skirt, but this changed to a red livery after route NWF stopped operating ... The livery has since reverted back to blue and gold ...
... Examples include A livery company is the name used for a guild in the City of London members of the company were allowed to dress their servants in the distinctive uniform of their ... Following on from the decoration of horse-drawn carriages, a livery is the common design and paint scheme a company will use on its vehicles, often using specific colors and logo placement ... example, United Parcel Service has trucks with a well-known brown livery ...
... 1970–2007 livery Air India's livery was mostly painted in red and white colours ... In 1989, to supplement its "Flying Palace" livery, Air India introduced a new livery that was mostly white with a golden spinning wheel (as seen on the flag of India) on a red tail ... Only applied to around a half of Air India's fleet, the new livery did not succeed, as the Indian flying public complained about the phasing out of the ...
... ran in the SECR's unlined dark grey livery with white lettering and numbering ... in June 1925, in a dark olive green livery ... This livery was also applied to the five locomotives built in 1930 ...
Famous quotes containing the word livery:
“Whether, if you yield not to your fathers choice,
You can endure the livery of a nun,
For aye to be in shady cloister mewed,
To live a barren sister all your life,
Chanting faint hymns to the cold fruitless moon.
Thrice blessed they that master so their blood
To undergo such maiden pilgrimage.”
—William Shakespeare (15641616)
“This deaths livery which walled its bearers from ordinary life was sign that they have sold their wills and bodies to the State: and contracted themselves into a service not the less abject for that its beginning was voluntary.”
—T.E. (Thomas Edward)