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 After the game, Day and Schiano appeared to have calmed down and exchanged a relatively cordial handshake. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 1 Oct. 2022 Kilmer, 64, is tall and broad with blond hair, a square jaw and a beefy handshake. Hannah Dreyfus, ProPublica, 30 Sep. 2022 Queen Elizabeth shared a handshake with the actor ahead of a royal reception for members of the Australian community living in the U.K. in 2011. Stephanie Petit, Peoplemag, 8 Sep. 2022 One hand will have a thumb’s up and the other will be extended in a handshake greeting. Clare Ansberry, WSJ, 8 Sep. 2022 Victoria Azarenka, who didn’t get a handshake from Marta Kostyuk after beating the Ukrainian player. Brian Mahoney, BostonGlobe.com, 1 Sep. 2022 Victoria Azarenka, who didn't get a handshake from Marta Kostyuk after beating the Ukrainian player. Brian Mahoney, ajc, 1 Sep. 2022 My mom and my dad taught me to honor contracts and honor a handshake. Nick Piecoro, The Arizona Republic, 30 Aug. 2022 Brief contact — a handshake or fist bump — is unlikely to provide the virus with enough time to unload ample inoculum to induce a new infection. Megan Molteni, STAT, 12 Aug. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of handshake

1802, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of handshake was in 1802

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“Handshake.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handshake. Accessed 5 Oct. 2022.

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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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