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hand·sel

 (hănd′səl) also han·sel (hăn′-)Chiefly British
n.
1. A gift to express good wishes at the beginning of a new year or enterprise.
2. The first money or barter taken in, as by a new business or on the opening day of business, especially when considered a token of good luck.
3.
a. A first payment.
b. A specimen or foretaste of what is to come.
tr.v. hand·seled, hand·sel·ing, hand·sels or hand·selled or hand·sel·ling
1. To give a handsel to.
2. To launch with a ceremonial gesture or gift.
3. To do or use for the first time.

[Middle English hanselle, from Old English handselen, a handing over (hand, hand + selen, gift) and from Old Norse handsal, legal transfer (hand, hand + sal, a giving).]

handsel

(ˈhænsəl) or

hansel

n
a gift for good luck at the beginning of a new year, new venture, etc
vb (tr) , -sels, -selling or -selled, -sels, -seling or -seled
1. to give a handsel to (a person)
2. to begin (a venture) with ceremony; inaugurate
[Old English handselen delivery into the hand; related to Old Norse handsal promise sealed with a handshake, Swedish handsöl gratuity; see hand, sell]

hand•sel

(ˈhæn səl)

n., v. -seled, -sel•ing (esp. Brit.) -selled, -sel•ling. n.
1. a gift or token for good luck, as at the new year or when entering upon a new enterprise.
2. the initial experience of anything; foretaste.
3. a first installment of payment.
v.t.
4. to give a handsel to.
5. to inaugurate auspiciously.
6. to use, try, or experience for the first time.
[before 1050; Middle English handselne good-luck token, good-will gift, Old English handselen manumission, literally, hand-gift (see hand, sell)]

handsel


Past participle: handselled
Gerund: handselling

Imperative
handsel
handsel
Present
I handsel
you handsel
he/she/it handsels
we handsel
you handsel
they handsel
Preterite
I handselled
you handselled
he/she/it handselled
we handselled
you handselled
they handselled
Present Continuous
I am handselling
you are handselling
he/she/it is handselling
we are handselling
you are handselling
they are handselling
Present Perfect
I have handselled
you have handselled
he/she/it has handselled
we have handselled
you have handselled
they have handselled
Past Continuous
I was handselling
you were handselling
he/she/it was handselling
we were handselling
you were handselling
they were handselling
Past Perfect
I had handselled
you had handselled
he/she/it had handselled
we had handselled
you had handselled
they had handselled
Future
I will handsel
you will handsel
he/she/it will handsel
we will handsel
you will handsel
they will handsel
Future Perfect
I will have handselled
you will have handselled
he/she/it will have handselled
we will have handselled
you will have handselled
they will have handselled
Future Continuous
I will be handselling
you will be handselling
he/she/it will be handselling
we will be handselling
you will be handselling
they will be handselling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been handselling
you have been handselling
he/she/it has been handselling
we have been handselling
you have been handselling
they have been handselling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been handselling
you will have been handselling
he/she/it will have been handselling
we will have been handselling
you will have been handselling
they will have been handselling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been handselling
you had been handselling
he/she/it had been handselling
we had been handselling
you had been handselling
they had been handselling
Conditional
I would handsel
you would handsel
he/she/it would handsel
we would handsel
you would handsel
they would handsel
Past Conditional
I would have handselled
you would have handselled
he/she/it would have handselled
we would have handselled
you would have handselled
they would have handselled
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handsel

also hansel
noun
Chiefly British. Something bestowed freely:
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