Palfrey
Palfrey Pal"frey, n. [OE. palefrai, OF. palefrei, F. palefroi, LL. palafredus, parafredus, from L. paraveredus a horse for extraordinary occasions, an extra post horse; Gr. para` along, beside + L. veredus a post horse.] [1913 Webster] 1. A saddle horse for the road, or for state occasions, as distinguished from a war horse. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

2. A small saddle horse for ladies. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

Call the host and bid him bring Charger and palfrey. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]


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  • Palfrey — ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Deborah Jeane Palfrey (1956–2008), US amerikanische Bordellbetreiberin Lisa Palfrey, walisische Schauspielerin Sarah Palfrey Cooke (1912–1996), US amerikanische Tennisspielerin Siehe auch: Pelfrey …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • palfrey — (n.) mid 12c., saddle horse for ordinary riding (opposed to a war horse), small horse for ladies, from O.Fr. palefrei (11c.), from M.L. palafredus, altered by dissimilation from L.L. paraveredus post horse for outlying districts (6c.), originally …   Etymology dictionary

  • palfrey — [pôl′frē] n. pl. palfreys [ME < OFr palefrei < ML palafredus, for LL paraveredus, extra post horse < Gr para, beside + L veredus, post horse < Gaul * voredos (akin to Welsh gorwydd, horse) < * vo , down, away (< IE * wo <… …   English World dictionary

  • Palfrey — A Palfrey is a type of horse highly valued as a riding horse in the Middle Ages. It is not a breed. The word palfrey is cognate with the German word for horse (of any type), Pferd . Both descend from Latin paraveredus , meaning a post horse or… …   Wikipedia

  • Palfrey — This name, with variant spellings Palfery, Parfrey, and Parffrey, derives from the medieval English palfrey , (Old French Palefrei ), from the Late Latin paraveredus , a compound of the Greek para , meaning beside , plus the Gallic vered , a… …   Surnames reference

  • palfrey — [12] Etymologically, a palfrey is an ‘extra horse’. The word comes via Old French palefrei from medieval Latin palefrēdus, an alteration of an earlier paraverēdus (source of German pferd ‘horse’). This was a compound formed from Greek pará… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • palfrey — [12] Etymologically, a palfrey is an ‘extra horse’. The word comes via Old French palefrei from medieval Latin palefrēdus, an alteration of an earlier paraverēdus (source of German pferd ‘horse’). This was a compound formed from Greek pará… …   Word origins

  • palfrey — noun (plural palfreys) Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French palefrei, from Medieval Latin palafredus, from Late Latin paraveredus post horse for secondary roads, from Greek para beside, subsidiary + Late Latin veredus post horse, from a… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • palfrey — palfreyed, adj. /pawl free/, n., pl. palfreys. 1. a riding horse, as distinguished from a war horse. 2. a saddle horse particularly suitable for a woman. [1200 50; ME palefrei < OF < LL paraveredus post horse for byways, prob. lit., spare horse,… …   Universalium

  • palfrey — noun a small horse for women to ride They choked my cries with force and fright …   Wiktionary

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