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palfrey

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noun pal·frey \ˈpȯl-frē\

Definition of palfrey

plural

palfreys

archaic

  1. :  a saddle horse other than a warhorse; especially :  a lady's light easy-gaited horse



Origin and Etymology of palfrey

Middle English, from Anglo-French palefrei, from Medieval Latin palafredus, from Late Latin paraveredus post-horse for secondary roads, from Greek para- beside, subsidiary + Late Latin veredus post-horse, from a Gaulish word akin to Welsh gorwydd horse; akin to Old Irish réidid he rides — more at para-, ride


First Known Use: 13th century


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