1. a gift or token for good luck or as an expression of good wishes, as at the beginning of the new year or when entering upon a new situation or enterprise.
  2. a first installment of payment.
  3. the initial experience of anything; first encounter with or use of something taken as a token of what will follow; foretaste.

verb (used with object), hand·seled, hand·sel·ing or (especially British) hand·selled, hand·sel·ling.

  1. to give a handsel to.
  2. to inaugurate auspiciously.
  3. to use, try, or experience for the first time.


  1. a gift for good luck at the beginning of a new year, new venture, etc

verb -sels, -selling or -selled or US -sels, -seling or -seled (tr)

  1. to give a handsel to (a person)
  2. to begin (a venture) with ceremony; inaugurate
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