hansel

hansel

[han-suhl]
noun, verb (used with object), hanseled, hanseling or (especially British) hanselled, hanselling.
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handsel or archaic, dialect or hansel (ˈhænsəl)
 
n
1.  a gift for good luck at the beginning of a new year, new venture, etc
 
vb , -sels, -selling, -selled, -sels, -seling, -seled
2.  to give a handsel to (a person)
3.  to begin (a venture) with ceremony; inaugurate
 
[Old English handselen delivery into the hand; related to Old Norse handsal promise sealed with a handshake, Swedish handsöl gratuity; see hand, sell]
 
hansel or archaic, dialect or hansel
 
n
 
vb
 
[Old English handselen delivery into the hand; related to Old Norse handsal promise sealed with a handshake, Swedish handsöl gratuity; see hand, sell]

hansel (ˈhænsəl)
 
n, —vb
a variant spelling of handsel

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