Definitions For Handsel

Verb

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

unhandseled

Noun

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.

Translations

Finnish: uudenvuodenlahja Swedish: nyƄrspresent

Alternative forms

hansel

Etymology

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}}.

Anagrams

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

Points in Different Games

Scrabble
11
Words with Friends
12

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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