handbreadth

noun hand·breadth \ ˈhan(d)-ˌbretth , -ˌbreth , -ˌbredth \
variants: or play \ˈhan(d)z-ˌbretth, -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


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