Definitions for palfreyˈpɔl fri
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especially a light saddle horse for a woman
a small horse for women to ride
Origin: from palefrei, from palefroi, from paraveredus, compound of παρά, from πάριππος and *verēdos 'charger' (compare Welsh gorwydd).
a saddle horse for the road, or for state occasions, as distinguished from a war horse
a small saddle horse for ladies
Origin: [OE. palefrai, OF. palefrei, F. palefroi, LL. palafredus, parafredus, from L. paraveredus a horse for extraordinary occasions, an extra post horse; Gr. para` along, beside + L. veredus a post horse.]
A palfrey is a type of horse that was highly valued as a riding horse in the Middle Ages. It is not a breed. The word "palfrey" is cognate with the German word for horse, "Pferd". Both descend from Latin "paraveredus", meaning a post horse or courier horse. The German term for a palfrey, meanwhile, is Zelter, which literally means "ambler" and is cognate with the Icelandic tölt.
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