palfrey

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Middle English, from Anglo-Norman palefrei ‎(steed), from Old French palefroi, from Late Latin paraverēdus ‎(post horse, spare horse), from Ancient Greek παρά ‎(pará), from πάριππος ‎(párippos, spare horse) + Latin verēdus ‎(post horse), from Gaulish *werēdos ‎(horse) (compare Welsh gorwydd ‎(horse)), from Proto-Celtic *uɸorēdos ‎(horse).

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Noun[edit]

palfrey ‎(plural palfreys)

  1. (historical) A small horse with a smooth, ambling gait, popular in the Middle Ages with nobles and women.

Middle English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Anglo-Norman palefrei ‎(steed), from Old French palefroi, from Late Latin post horse, spare horse, from Ancient Greek παρά ‎(pará) + Latin post horse, from Gaulish *werēdos ‎(horse), from Proto-Celtic *uɸorēdos ‎(horse).

Noun[edit]

palfrey (plural palfreys)

  1. palfrey

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