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pal·frey

 (pôl′frē)
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).]
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palfrey

(ˈpɔːlfrɪ)
n
(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]
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pal•frey

(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]
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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
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Translations

palfrey

[ˈpɔːlfrɪ] Npalafrén m
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palfrey

nZelter m
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References in classic literature ?
Prettyman: they visited with the Palfreys, who farmed their own land, played many a game at whist with the doctor, and condescended a little towards the timber-merchant, who had lately taken to the coal-trade also, and had got new furniture; but whether a confectioner should be admitted to this higher level of respectability, or should be understood to find his associates among butchers and bakers, was a new question on which tradition threw no light.
It was not so easy to get invited to Long Meadows, the residence of the Palfreys; for though Mr.
"Here be a couple of shining ones," continued Peter Palfrey, pointing his weapon at the Lord and Lady of the May.
"How many stripes for the priest?" inquired Ancient Palfrey.
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.
To his surprise she burst out a-laughing, and, spurring her palfrey, dashed off down the glade, with her page riding behind her.
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.
The Indian name was Naumkeag.} 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.
That she was a lady of quality was evidenced not alone by the richness of her riding apparel and the trappings of her palfrey, but as well in her noble and haughty demeanor and the proud expression of her beautiful face.