- Archaic. a covenant or contract, especially a betrothal, usually completed by a handclasp.
Origin of handfast
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Examples from the Web for handfast
"A Candidatus Theoligiae, your Majesty," answered a handfast threadbare youth one day, when questioned in this manner.
The issue of “handfast” marriages in Scotland were eligible to be chiefs, and even sometimes claimed under feudal law.
- an agreement, esp of marriage, confirmed by a handshake
- a firm grip
- to betroth or marry (two persons or another person) by joining the hands
- to grip with the hand
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Word Origin and History for handfast
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