palfrey

noun
pal·​frey | \ ˈpȯl-frē How to pronounce palfrey (audio) \
plural palfreys

Definition of palfrey

archaic
: a saddle horse other than a warhorse especially : a lady's light easy-gaited horse

First Known Use of palfrey

13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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

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“Palfrey.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/palfrey. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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