[ hand-fast, -fahst ]
/ ˈhændˌfæst, -ˌfɑst /
Archaic. a covenant or contract, especially a betrothal, usually completed by a handclasp.
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Examples from the Web for handfast
The issue of “handfast” marriages in Scotland were eligible to be chiefs, and even sometimes claimed under feudal law.
"A Candidatus Theoligiae, your Majesty," answered a handfast threadbare youth one day, when questioned in this manner.History Of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Volume IV. (of XXI.)|Thomas Carlyle
British Dictionary definitions for handfast
/ (ˈhændˌfɑːst) archaic /
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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