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 doctor worked busily beneath the blinding lights of the delivery room.
2. His speeches were magnificently written but his delivery was hopeless.
3. Use recorded delivery for large cheques or money orders.
4. In the end, it was an easy delivery: a fine baby boy.
5. Free gifts are dispatched separately so please allow 28 days for delivery.