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Hansel vs. Handsel

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Hanselnoun

See Handsel.

Handselnoun

(obsolete) A lucky omen.

Handselnoun

A gift given at New Year, or at the start of some enterprise or new situation, meant to ensure good luck.

Handselnoun

(archaic) Price, payment; especially the first installment of a series.

Handselverb

(transitive) To give a handsel to.

Handselverb

(transitive) To inaugurate by means of some ceremony; to break in.

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Handselverb

(transitive) To use or do for the first time, especially so as to make fortunate or unfortunate; to try experimentally.

Handselnoun

A sale, gift, or delivery into the hand of another; especially, a sale, gift, delivery, or using which is the first of a series, and regarded as an omen for the rest; a first installment; an earnest; as the first money received for the sale of goods in the morning, the first money taken at a shop newly opened, the first present sent to a young woman on her wedding day, etc.

‘Their first good handsel of breath in this world.’; ‘Our present tears here, not our present laughter,Are but the handsels of our joys hereafter.’;

Handselnoun

Price; payment.

Handselverb

To give a handsel to.

Handselverb

To use or do for the first time, esp. so as to make fortunate or unfortunate; to try experimentally.

‘No contrivance of our body, but some good man in Scripture hath handseled it with prayer.’;

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