handbreadth

noun
hand·​breadth | \ ˈhan(d)-ˌbretth How to pronounce handbreadth (audio) , -ˌbreth, -ˌbredth \
variants: or \ ˈhan(d)z-​ˌbretth How to pronounce handsbreadth (audio) , -​ˌbreth , -​ˌbredth \

Definition of handbreadth

: any of various units of length varying from about 2¹/₂ to 4 inches based on the breadth of a hand

First Known Use of handbreadth

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Handbreadth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handbreadth. Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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