hand·​fast ˈhan(d)-ˌfast How to pronounce handfast (audio)
: a contract or covenant especially of betrothal or marriage

Examples of handfast in a Sentence

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Word History


Middle English, from Old English handfæst

First Known Use

circa 1616, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of handfast was circa 1616

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“Handfast.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handfast. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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