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
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).
- (historical) A small horse with a smooth, ambling gait, popular in the Middle Ages with nobles and women.
Middle English, from Anglo-Norman palefrei (“steed”), from Old French palefroi, from Late Latin paraverēdus (“post-horse, spare horse”), compound of Ancient Greek παρά (para), from πάριππος (parippos, “spare horse”) and Gaulish *verēdos 'charger' (compare Welsh gorwydd (“charger, race horse”)).