hand·​shake | \ ˈhan(d)-ˌshāk How to pronounce handshake (audio) \

Definition of handshake

: a clasping usually of right hands by two people (as in greeting or farewell)

Examples of handshake in a Sentence

She greeted him with a handshake. He has a firm handshake.
Recent Examples on the Web The tweet included a photo of black and white hands in a handshake. Mike Hembree, USA TODAY, "Noose at Talladega overshadows NASCAR effort to move beyond Confederate flag and turn toward inclusion, racial justice," 23 June 2020 The only thing missing was a handshake from Jack Nicklaus. Doug Ferguson, SFChronicle.com, "Cal alum Collin Morikawa beats Justin Thomas on 3rd playoff hole to win PGA event," 12 July 2020 Meanwhile, Clubhouse’s biggest fan will no longer be using her secret handshake to get into the audio sanctuary of the Silicon Valley elite. Steven Levy, Wired, "Where Are the Adults in the Clubhouse?," 10 July 2020 The grip should resemble a firm handshake when folding your fingers around the front strap of the pistol. Chris Mudgett, Outdoor Life, "You Just Purchased a Handgun for Personal Defense, Now What?," 1 July 2020 One of the officers, who greeted David with a handshake and hug, sat in the kitchen on the speaker talking for at least several minutes while David cooked, the Facebook video shows. Kala Kachmar, The Courier-Journal, "David McAtee's barbecue stand was a safe haven. But one deadly night changed everything," 5 June 2020 Don’t expect to see a team’s post-game handshake line after wins and players will have to find a new creative way to celebrate walk-off hits. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, "Cincinnati Reds have a long to-do list as preseason camp opens next week," 25 June 2020 Public health guidelines advise people to stay at least six feet away from those outside of their household — too far for a hug, cuddle or handshake. Lila Seidman, Los Angeles Times, "You could use a hug. Here are some safe options," 23 June 2020 The opposing team uttered the n-word three times, twice by one person in the presence of the first baseman — the white first-base umpire did nothing — and another used the n-word in the handshake line. John Shea, SFChronicle.com, "Giants’ Jaylin Davis opens up on racial discrimination and justice," 22 June 2020

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First Known Use of handshake

1802, in the meaning defined above

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4 Aug 2020

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“Handshake.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handshake. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of handshake

: the act of grasping someone's right hand with your right hand and moving it up and down : the act of shaking hands also : the manner in which a person shakes hands


hand·​shake | \ ˈhand-ˌshāk How to pronounce handshake (audio) \

Kids Definition of handshake

: a clasping of hands by two people (as in greeting)

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