noun, plural pal·freys.
Origin of palfrey
Examples from the Web for palfrey
According to Palfrey, Microsoft has donated between $100,000 and $150,000 to the Berkman Center for 2010.
They had already got out for her a palfrey with an easy pace.Four Arthurian Romances|Chretien DeTroyes
And now no one guides the damsel, save God only; she gives her palfrey the rein and he turns into the tangled by-way.
Even as he spoke there came a damsel riding hard on a palfrey, and she cried with a loud voice on Sir Tor to grant her a boon.Stories of the Days of King Arthur|Charles Henry Hanson
I give Mr. Palfrey's statements, in his own words, in a note.The Loyalists of America and Their Times, Vol. 1 of 2|Egerton Ryerson
The palfrey seeth the path, full oft had he traversed it, and straightway left the road and the cavalcade of horses.
British Dictionary definitions for palfrey
Word Origin for palfrey
Word Origin and History for palfrey
c.1200 (mid-12c. as a surname), "saddle horse for ordinary riding (opposed to a war horse), small horse for ladies," from Old French palefroi (11c.) and directly from Medieval Latin palafredus, altered by dissimilation from Late Latin paraveredus "post horse for outlying districts" (6c.), originally "extra horse," from Greek para "beside, secondary" (see para-) + Latin veredus "post horse; light, fast horse used by couriers," from Gaulish *voredos, from Celtic *wo-red- (cf. Welsh gorwydd "horse," Old Irish riadaim "I ride"), from PIE root *reidh- "to ride" (see ride (v.)). The Latin word passed to Old High German as pfarifrid, where in modern German it has become the usual word for "horse" (Pferd).