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handsel

[han-suhl]
noun
1.
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.
2.
a first installment of payment.
3.
the initial experience of anything; first encounter with or use of something taken as a token of what will follow; foretaste.
verb (used with object), handseled, handseling or (especially British) handselled, handselling.
4.
to give a handsel to.
5.
to inaugurate auspiciously.
6.
to use, try, or experience for the first time.
Also, hansel.


Origin:
before 1050; Middle English handselne good-luck token, good-will gift, Old English handselen manumission, literally, hand-gift (see hand, sell); cognate with Danish handsel, earnest money

unhandseled, adjective
unhandselled, adjective
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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]

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