- a betrothal
- a form of irregular or trial marriage confirmed by a joining of hands
Origin of handfastingOld English handfæstunge: see handfast
- A Neopagan wedding ceremony in which the participants' hands are ritually joined, in some cases solemnizing a union for a specified term rather than permanently.
- Archaic A handclasp used as a ceremony of betrothal.
- Present participle of handfast.
- The ceremony in which people handfast.