Handsel meaning

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A gift to express good wishes at the beginning of a new year or enterprise.
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The first money or barter taken in, as by a new business or on the opening day of business, especially when considered a token of good luck.
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To give a handsel to.
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To launch with a ceremonial gesture or gift.
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To do or use for the first time.
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A present for good luck, as at the new year or on the launching of a new business.
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The first use or specimen of anything, regarded as a token of what is to follow.
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To give a handsel to.
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To begin or launch with ceremony and gifts.
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To use, do, etc. for the first time.
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A gift given at New Year, or at the start of some enterprise or new situation, meant to ensure good luck.
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The first installment, or first payment of money in a day or series.
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To give a handsel to.
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To inaugurate by means of some ceremony; to break in.
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To use or do for the first time, especially so as to make fortunate or unfortunate; to try experimentally.
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Origin of handsel

  • Middle English hanselle from Old English handselen a handing over (hand hand) (selen gift) and from Old Norse handsal legal transfer (hand hand) (sal a giving)
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Old English handselen, or Old Norse handsal. See sell, sale.
    From Wiktionary