[hand-klasp, -klahsp]


a gripping of hands by two or more people, as in greeting, parting, making a commitment, or expressing affection.

Origin of handclasp

First recorded in 1575–85; hand + clasp
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Examples from the Web for handclasp

Historical Examples of handclasp

  • But he took no notice; perhaps her handclasp only strengthened his resolve.

  • And it was but natural that the handclasp should be symbolic of that deliberation.

  • There was nothing to tell of any handclasp when I woke in the morning.

    The La Chance Mine Mystery

    Susan Carleton Jones

  • Auguste felt a shiver run through him at the sight of that handclasp.


    Robert Shea

  • He was disappointed, but he smiled as he exchanged a handclasp with his only son.

    The Dark Star

    Robert W. Chambers

British Dictionary definitions for handclasp



US another word for handshake
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