American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Archaic A saddle horse, especially one for a woman to ride.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A saddle-horse; an ordinary riding-horse, as distinguished from a war-horse; especially, a woman's saddle-horse.
- n. archaic a small horse for women to ride
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A saddle horse for the road, or for state occasions, as distinguished from a war horse.
- n. A small saddle horse for ladies.
- n. especially a light saddle horse for a woman
- 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")). (Wiktionary)
- Middle 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). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Then he jumps on the maned palfrey, which is now ready for inspection.”
“According to the dictionary that comes with Mac OS X 10.5, a "palfrey" is "a docile horse used for ordinary riding.”
“Lunete mounts the palfrey which is brought without delay, and, as they ride, she tells her how she had been accused and charged with treason, and how the pyre was already kindled upon which she was to be laid, and how he had come to help her in just the moment of her need.”
“Kathie and the twins and Alan have the other corner with their doll's house, a tail-less hobby horse, known both as the "palfrey" and the”
“She had been even prettier than he had thought her yesterday, on her silver-roan, long-tailed 'palfrey'; and it seemed to him, self-critical in the brumous October gloaming and the outskirts of London, that only his boots had shone throughout their two-hour companionship.”
“The unicorn sometimes paced next to the palfrey, and sometimes not.”
“She rode a nervous oat-colored palfrey that had no name, and led the second horse, a blind and almost deaf ancient who long ago had been called Rinaldo and was now simply Rin.”
“Jess halted her palfrey as they came to a choice of ways.”
“The guards saw her coming, and possibly recognized the palfrey.”
“The palfrey shied as Jess swung around and reached for her sword.”
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