One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The provision of a commodity, service, etc.; delivery, distribution. Compare "livery". Now historical.
Late Middle English (in an earlier sense). Partly from Anglo-Norman liverance, livrance deliverance, liberation, delivery, act of handing over, and partly (especially in later use) shortened from deliverance. Compare Old French (Picardy), Middle French, French regional (chiefly Belgium and Switzerland) livrance delivery.
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