hand·shake | \ˈhan(d)-ˌshāk \

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.

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Reigns and ‘Taker, who shared the ring together in the WrestleMania 33 main event, had a staredown after the match that ultimately ended with a handshake. Justin Barrasso, SI.com, "Takeaways From New Japan, WWE and UFC After a Night in July That Changed the Business," 8 July 2018 With this new handshake, WPA3 supports forward secrecy, meaning that any traffic that came across your transom before an outsider gained access will remain encrypted. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "The Next Generation of Wi-Fi Security Will Save You From Yourself," 26 June 2018 The rule book, irrespective of out-of-play butt slaps and handshakes, does not sanction contact. Ben Rowen, The Atlantic, "Finding the Formula for Team Chemistry," 15 June 2018 Meeting for about five hours, Trump and Mr. Kim exchanged an historic handshake, took a short stroll together, patted each other's backs, and signed a summit agreement. Hyung-jin Kim And Kim Tong-hyung, The Christian Science Monitor, "US-North Korea summit draws attention toward South Korean involvement," 13 June 2018 Photo: Kevin Lim/The Straits Times/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images The proceedings started with a red-carpet handshake just after 9 a.m., against a backdrop of U.S. and North Korean flags. Chun Han Wong, WSJ, "Nuclear Niceties: Trump and Kim Share Smiles, for a Change," 12 June 2018 Through 27 games, the 2018 edition of the Dodgers has offered more headaches than postgame handshakes, more defeats than victories. Andy Mccullough, latimes.com, "Dodgers' frustrations boil over as Cody Bellinger benched in loss," 30 Apr. 2018 The general, No Kwang Chol, returned Trump's offer of a handshake with a salute. Josh Hafner, USA TODAY, "Trump saluted a North Korean general, state media shows, an unusual act of respect," 14 June 2018 But if the lead up was any indication, that historic handshake with Trump, already seen around the globe, was certain to be the front page of Wednesday's papers. Eric Talmadge, Fox News, "AP Analysis: Kim Jong Un flies home with lots to brag about," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of handshake

1802, in the meaning defined above

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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 \

Kids Definition of handshake

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

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