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 aw?) + 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.