LIVERY , originally the
See also:provision of
See also:food, clothing, &c., to
See also:household servants . The word is an adaptation of the Anglo-French livree, from livrer, to deliver (
See also:Lat. liberare, to set
See also:free, to serve, to give freely), in the
See also:special sense of distributing . In the sense of a fixed
See also:allowance of provender for horses, it survives now only in "livery-
See also:stable," i.e. an
See also:establishment where horses and carriages are kept or let out for hire . From the meaning of provision of food and clothing the word is applied to a
See also:uniform worn by the retainers and servants of a household . In the 15th century in England a badge,
See also:collar or other insignia, the "livery," was worn by all those who pledged themselves to support one of the
See also:great barons in return for his promise of "
See also:maintenance," i.e. of
See also:protection against enemies; thus arose the
See also:custom of "livery and maintenance," suppressed by
See also:Henry VII . The members of the
See also:London city companies wore a distinctive
See also:costume or " livery," whence the
See also:term "livery companies." In
See also:law, the term "livery" means "delivery," the legal handing of
See also:property into the possession of another; for " livery of
See also:seisin " see
See also:FEOFFMENT .
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