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handsel

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noun hand·sel \ˈhan(t)-səl\

Definition of handsel

  1. 1 :  a gift made as a token of good wishes or luck especially at the beginning of a new year

  2. 2 :  something received first (as in a day of trading) and taken to be a token of good luck

  3. 3 a :  a first installment :  earnest money b :  earnest, foretaste



Examples of handsel

  1. <gave little handsels to their houseguests on New Year's Day>



Origin of handsel

Middle English hansell


First Known Use: 14th century


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handsel

verb hand·sel

Definition of handsel

handseled or handselledhandsel·ing or handsel·ling \-s(ə-)liŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to give a handsel to

  3. 2 :  to inaugurate with a token or gesture of luck or pleasure

  4. 3 :  to use or do for the first time



15th Century

First Known Use of handsel

15th century

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