Archaic a saddle horse, esp. a gentle one for a woman
Origin of palfreyMiddle English ; from Old French palefrei ; from Medieval Latin palafredus, for Late Latin paraveredus, extra post horse ; from Classical Greek para, beside + Classical Latin veredus, post horse ; from Gaulish an unverified form voredos (akin to Welsh gorwydd, horse) ; from an unverified form vo-, down, away (; from Indo-European an unverified form wo- ; from base an unverified form au-, an unverified form awē) + an unverified form -redos ; from Indo-European base an unverified form reidh- from source ride
nounpl. pal·freys Archaic
A small saddle horse with a smooth gait, especially as distinguished from a warhorse or a packhorse.
Origin of palfreyMiddle 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 per1 in Indo-European roots + Latin verēdus, post horse (of Celtic origin; see reidh- in Indo-European roots).
- A surname.