noun, plural de·liv·er·ies.

  1. the carrying and turning over of letters, goods, etc., to a designated recipient or recipients.
  2. a giving up or handing over; surrender.
  3. the utterance or enunciation of words.
  4. vocal and bodily behavior during the presentation of a speech: a speaker’s fine delivery.
  5. the act or manner of giving or sending forth: the pitcher’s fine delivery of the ball.
  6. the state of being delivered of or giving birth to a child; parturition.
  7. something delivered: The delivery is late today.
  8. Commerce. a shipment of goods from the seller to the buyer.
  9. Law. a formal act performed to make a transfer of property legally effective: a delivery of deed.
  10. Printing. Also called delivery end. the part of a printing press where the paper emerges in printed form.
  11. Archaic. release or rescue; liberation; deliverance.

noun plural -eries

    1. the act of delivering or distributing goods, mail, etc
    2. something that is delivered
    3. (as modifier)a delivery service
  1. the act of giving birth to a childshe had an easy delivery
  2. manner or style of utterance, esp in public speaking or recitationthe chairman had a clear delivery
  3. the act of giving or transferring or the state of being given or transferred
  4. the act of rescuing or state of being rescued; liberation
  5. sport
    1. the act or manner of bowling or throwing a ball
    2. the ball so delivereda fast delivery
  6. an actual or symbolic handing over of property, a deed, etc
  7. the discharge rate of a compressor or pump
  8. (in South Africa) the supply of basic services to communities deprived under apartheid

early 15c., “action of handing over to another,” from Anglo-French delivrée, noun use of fem. past participle of Old French délivrer (see deliver). Childbirth sense is attested from 1570s. Of speech, from 1580s. Of a blow, throw of a ball, etc., from 1702.


  1. The expulsion or extraction of a child and the fetal membranes through the birth canal into the external world.
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