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Related to palfrey: destrier
n. pl. pal·freys Archaic
A small saddle horse with a smooth gait, especially as distinguished from a warhorse or a packhorse.
[Middle English, from Old French palefrei, from Medieval Latin palafrēdus, alteration of Late Latin paraverēdus, post horse for secondary routes, extra horse : Greek para, extra, beyond; see per in Indo-European roots + Latin verēdus, post horse (of Celtic origin; see reidh- in Indo-European roots).]
(Horse Training, Riding & Manège) archaic a light saddle horse, esp ridden by women
[C12: from Old French palefrei, from Medieval Latin palafredus, from Late Latin paraverēdus, from Greek para beside + Latin verēdus light fleet horse, of Celtic origin]
n., pl. -freys. Archaic.
1. a riding horse, as distinguished from a war horse.
2. a saddle horse particularly suitable for a woman.
[1200–50; Middle English palefrei < Old French < Late Latin paraverēdus post horse for byways, probably literally, spare horse = Greek para- para-1 + Latin verēdus fast breed of horse < Gaulish < Celtic *woreidos> Welsh gorwydd horse]