a gift or token for good luck or as an expression
of good wishes, as at the beginning of the new year or when entering upon a new situation or enterprise.
a first installment of payment.
the initial experience of anything; first encounter with or use of something taken as a token of what will
verb (used with object), handseled, handseling or (especially British) handselled, handselling.
to inaugurate auspiciously.
to use, try, or experience for the first time.
Origin: before 1050; Middle English handselne Related forms
good-luck token, good-will gift, Old English handselen
manumission, literally, hand-gift (see hand
); cognate with Danish handsel,