[ han-suh l ]
/ ˈhæn səl /
a gift or token for good luck or as an expression of good wishes, as at the beginning of the new year or when entering upon a new situation or enterprise.
a first installment of payment.
the initial experience of anything; first encounter with or use of something taken as a token of what will follow; foretaste.
verb (used with object), hand·seled, hand·sel·ing or (especially British) hand·selled, hand·sel·ling.
to give a handsel to.
to inaugurate auspiciously.
to use, try, or experience for the first time.
Origin of handsel
OTHER WORDS FROM handselun·hand·seled, adjectiveun·hand·selled, adjective
Words nearby handsel
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British Dictionary definitions for hand-selling
archaic, or dialect
a gift for good luck at the beginning of a new year, new venture, etc
verb -sels, -selling or -selled or US -sels, -seling or -seled (tr)
to give a handsel to (a person)
to begin (a venture) with ceremony; inaugurate
Word Origin for handsel
Old English handselen delivery into the hand; related to Old Norse handsal promise sealed with a handshake, Swedish handsöl gratuity; see hand, sell
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