One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(in the UK) a member of a livery 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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘I am grateful for this exchange, which is educating us all about liverymen in the City of London.’
- ‘He was also a liveryman of the Paviors' Company and founder member of the World Traders' Company.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘In 1929 he became a liveryman of the Goldsmiths' 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.’
- ‘The right of election is in the freemen, being liverymen, and the inhabitant householders occupying dwellings of £10 yearly value.’
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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