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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]


(ˈpɔl fri)

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]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.palfrey - especially a light saddle horse for a woman
mount, riding horse, saddle horse - a lightweight horse kept for riding only
archaicism, archaism - the use of an archaic expression


[ˈpɔːlfrɪ] Npalafrén m


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The saddle and housings of this superb palfrey were covered by a long foot-cloth, which reached nearly to the ground, and on which were richly embroidered, mitres, crosses, and other ecclesiastical emblems.
Valiant captain," quoth Peter Palfrey, the Ancient of the band, "what order shall be taken with the prisoners?
Here be a couple of shining ones," continued Peter Palfrey, pointing his weapon at the Lord and Lady of the May.
Peter Palfrey, Roger Conant, and one or two more had built houses there in 1626, and may be considered as the first settlers of that ancient town.
Palfrey who farmed his own land, that had attracted Mr.
Palfrey had been losing money of late years, not being able quite to recover his feet after the terrible murrain which forced him to borrow, his family were far from considering themselves on the same level even as the old-established tradespeople with whom they visited.
The girl raised her riding whip and struck repeatedly but futilely against the iron headgear of her assailant while he swung his horse up the road, and, dragging her palfrey after him, galloped rapidly out of sight.
Ride, madam," cried Norman of Torn, "for fly I shall not, nor may I, alone, unarmored, and on foot hope more than to momentarily delay these three fellows, but in that time you should easily make your escape--their heavy burdened animals could never o'ertake your fleet palfrey.
He sat perched on a high bay horse, and held on to the bridle of a spirited black palfrey, the hides of both glistening from a long run.
But Soothness pricked on his palfrey and passed them all and came to the King's court, where he told Conscience all about the matter, and Conscience told the King.
Already, while it was early, the benches were beginning to fill with people of quality, who kept constantly arriving in little carts or upon palfreys that curveted gaily to the merry tinkle of silver bells at bridle reins.
Many of the old houses, round about, speak very plainly of those days when Kingston was a royal borough, and nobles and courtiers lived there, near their King, and the long road to the palace gates was gay all day with clanking steel and prancing palfreys, and rustling silks and velvets, and fair faces.