Origin: ME handsel < OE (rare) handselen, a giving into hand & ON handsal, sealing of a bargain by a handclasp (transl. of L mancipatio: see emancipation), both < hand + IE base of sell
See handsel in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English hanselle
Origin: , from Old English handselen, a handing over (hand, hand + selen, gift)
Origin: and from Old Norse handsal, legal transfer (hand, hand + sal, a giving).
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