hand·​breadth ˈhan(d)-ˌbretth How to pronounce handbreadth (audio)
variants or handsbreadth
ˈhan(d)z-ˌbretth How to pronounce handbreadth (audio)
: any of various units of length varying from about 2¹/₂ to 4 inches based on the breadth of a hand

Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of handbreadth was in the 14th century

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“Handbreadth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handbreadth. Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

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