One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(in the UK) a member of a livery company.
- ‘Indeed, the liverymen were expected to forward the names of two junior aldermen to the court of aldermen on 29 September, leaving the ultimate choice of a new lord mayor to the aldermen themselves.’
- ‘The opticians presumably forgave him, as he attended their annual dinners as a liveryman of the company.’
- ‘He was also a liveryman of the Paviors' Company and founder member of the World Traders' Company.’
- ‘In 1929 he became a liveryman of the Goldsmiths' Company.’
- ‘Most liverymen progress through the hierarchy to become members of the court and in due course the Master of the Company for a year.’
- ‘But the freemen and liverymen of the World Traders, a modern Company only granted livery at the beginning of the year 2000, do retain a strong interest in their chosen profession - world trade.’
- ‘She played an active part in many medical societies, including the Chelsea Clinical Society of which she was president, and she was a liveryman of the Society of Apothecaries.’
- ‘I am grateful for this exchange, which is educating us all about liverymen in the City of London.’
- ‘John was an examiner for the MRCGP and the Society of Apothecaries, where he was a liveryman.’
- ‘He was a liveryman of the Society of Apothecaries of London.’
- ‘The right of election is in the freemen, being liverymen, and the inhabitant householders occupying dwellings of £10 yearly value.’
- ‘In order to maintain an active membership, freemen, liverymen or honorary freemen who, due to personal circumstances, are unable to attend the Company's activities may elect to become retired members.’
2An owner of or attendant in a livery stable.
- ‘If A, being a liveryman, keeps his horse standing idle in the stable, and B, against his wish or without his knowledge, rides or drives it out, it is no answer to A for B to say: ‘Against what loss do you want to be restored?’’
- ‘The remedy lies with the liverymen, who should refuse carriages for such purposes from purely benevolent considerations as well as economic ones, for who would hire a carriage with knowledge of such recent use?’
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