handfast

noun
hand·​fast | \ ˈhan(d)-ˌfast How to pronounce handfast (audio) \

Definition of handfast

archaic
: a contract or covenant especially of betrothal or marriage

First Known Use of handfast

circa 1616, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for handfast

Middle English, from Old English handfæst

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“Handfast.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handfast. Accessed 4 Aug. 2020.

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