palfrey

noun

pal·​frey ˈpȯl-frē How to pronounce palfrey (audio)
plural palfreys
archaic
: a saddle horse other than a warhorse
especially : a lady's light easy-gaited horse

Word History

Etymology

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, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of palfrey was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Palfrey.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/palfrey. Accessed 9 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition

palfrey

noun
pal·​frey ˈpȯl-frē How to pronounce palfrey (audio)
plural palfreys
archaic
: a saddle horse that is not a war-horse
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