Definitions For Handsel


handsels , handselling , pres_ptc2=handseling , handselled , past2=handseled (transitive) To give a handsel to. (transitive) To inaugurate by means of some ceremony; to break in. (transitive) To use or do for the first time, especially so as to make fortunate or unfortunate; to try experimentally.

Derived terms



HANDSEL (plural HANDSELs) (obsolete) A lucky omen. A gift given at new year, or at the start of some enterprise or new situation, meant to ensure good luck. (archaic) price, price, payment; especially the first installment of a series. : (Spenser)

Derived terms

Handsel Monday, the first Monday of the new year, when handsels or presents are given to servants, children, etc.


Finnish: uudenvuodenlahja Swedish: nyƄrspresent

Alternative forms



From Middle English handsell, hanselle, from {{inh, en, ang, handselen}} and/or {{der, en, non, handsal, lit=hand-gift}}. Cognate with {{cog, sco, hansel}}, {{cog, da, handsel}}.


Dahlens, handles

Is Handsel a Scrabble Word?

Words With Friends YES
Scrabble US YES
Scrabble UK YES
English International (SOWPODS) YES
Scrabble Global YES
Enable1 Dictionary YES

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Words with Friends

The word Handsel is worth 11 points in Scrabble and 12 points in Words with Friends

Examples of Handsel in a Sentence

  • Gave little handsels to their houseguests on New Year's Day

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