Livery

  • yeoman of the guard wearing tunics in the royal livery colours of scarlet and black processing to st george's chapel, windsor for the annual service of the order of the garter in 2006.

    a livery i/ 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, dependant, follower or friend of the owner of the livery, or, in the case of objects, that the object belonged to them.

    in the late medieval phenomenon of bastard feudalism, livery badges worn by the "retainers" of great lords, sometimes in effect private armies, became a great political concern in england.[citation needed]

  • etymology
  • livery at european courts
  • sue one's livery
  • modern usage
  • historical military usage
  • references

Yeoman of the Guard wearing tunics in the Royal Livery colours of scarlet and black processing to St George's Chapel, Windsor for the annual service of the Order of the Garter in 2006.

A livery i/ 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, dependant, follower or friend of the owner of the livery, or, in the case of objects, that the object belonged to them.

In the late medieval phenomenon of bastard feudalism, livery badges worn by the "retainers" of great lords, sometimes in effect private armies, became a great political concern in England.[citation needed]