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HanselHansel Han"sel, n. & v.
See Handsel. hanselHandsel 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.
Our present tears here, not our present laughter,
Are but the handsels of our joys hereafter.
2. Price; payment. [Obs.] --Spenser.
Handsel Monday, the first Monday of the new year, when
handsels or presents are given to servants, children, etc.
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