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Definition of Handsel

Handsel
Handsel Hand"sel, n. [Written also hansel.] [OE. handsal, hansal, hansel, AS. hands?lena giving into hands, or more prob. fr. Icel. handsal; hand hand + sal sale, bargain; akin to AS. sellan to give, deliver. See Sell, Sale. ] 1. 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 on 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. --Fuller. Our present tears here, not our present laughter, Are but the handsels of our joys hereafter. --Herrick. 2. Price; payment. [Obs.] --Spenser. Handsel Monday, the first Monday of the new year, when handsels or presents are given to servants, children, etc.
Handsel
Handsel Hand"sel, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Handseled or Handseled; p. pr. & vb. n. Handseling or Handselling.] [Written also hansel.] [OE handsellen, hansellen; cf. Icel. hadsala, handselja. See Handsel, n.] 1. To give a handsel to. 2. 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. --Fuller.

Meaning of Handsel from wikipedia

- In Scotland, Handsel Monday or Hansel Monday is the first Monday of the year. Traditionally, gifts (Scots: Hansels) were given at this time. Among the...
- roast dinner would be eaten to celebrate the festival. Handsel was a word for gift and hence "Handsel Day". In modern Scotland this practice has died out...
- Gorazdowski January 1 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics) Earliest day on which Handsel Monday can fall, while January 7 is the latest; celebrated on the first...
- thee in her arms at the bidding of Hephaestus that he might give thee handsel and Brontes set thee on his stout knees—thou didst pluck the shaggy hair...
- Annan and Mary Slessor. Out-of-print booklet, 1978, Handsel Publications (formerly of Dundee), now Handsel Press. D.15545, 15546 under 'Mary Slessor' in List...
- January Street Children's Day Jugend Eine Welt First Monday of January Handsel Monday Tradition in Scotland First Monday after Epiphany Plough Monday...
- Stuhlmueller, Carroll, Haggai and Zechariah: Rebuilding With Hope. Edinburgh: The Handsel Press Ltd., 1988. ISBN 0-905312-75-9. The Student Bible, NIV. Michigan:...
- of Groveley. Grovely Wood has two stories ****ociated with it. The four Handsel sisters were of Danish origin but they had moved to the Wilton area. Coincidentally...
- Cyber Monday Easter Monday, also Bright Monday or Wet Monday First Monday Handsel Monday Lundi Gras Mad Monday Miracle Monday Plough Monday Shrove Monday...
- pochibukuro, similar to Shūgi-bukuro or Chinese hóngbāo and to the Scottish handsel. In the Edo period, large stores and wealthy families would give out a...