from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Archaic A saddle horse, especially one for a woman to ride.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a small horse for women to ride
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A saddle horse for the road, or for state occasions, as distinguished from a war horse.
- n. A small saddle horse for ladies.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A saddle-horse; an ordinary riding-horse, as distinguished from a war-horse; especially, a woman's saddle-horse.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. especially a light saddle horse for a woman
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)
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)