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handsel

or han路sel

[ han-suhl ]
/ 藞h忙n s蓹l /
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noun
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路seled, hand路sel路ing or (especially British) hand路selled, hand路sel路ling.
to give a handsel to.
to inaugurate auspiciously.
to use, try, or experience for the first time.
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Origin of handsel

First recorded before 1050; Middle English handselne 鈥済ood-luck token, good-will gift,鈥 Old English handselen 鈥渕anumission,鈥 literally 鈥渉and-gift鈥 (see hand, sell1); cognate with Danish handsel, 鈥渆arnest money.鈥 The Middle English word was influenced by Old Norse handsal 鈥渉and-shake, hand-clasp (for sealing a purchase or a promise).鈥

OTHER WORDS FROM handsel

un路hand路seled; (especially British) un路hand路selled, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for handsel

handsel

hansel

archaic, or dialect

noun
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 hands枚l gratuity; see hand, sell
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