- Engage (someone) to be married: she was handfasted to my older brother Lewis they had been handfasted when they were but twelve years oldMore example sentences
- Despite his doubts, when Gemma faces deceipt and danger, Drummond handfasts with her.
- I have a wonderful man who loves me, and we were handfasted this past Summer.
- Let those who would love one another, and would be as one and bear child, be handfasted.
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- An engagement or marriage contract: the only thing that can undo a handfast is a lack of loveMore example sentences
- Handfasts were common in Tudor England.
- In the Lake District in the sixteenth century a handfast was supposed to last no longer than a year and a day.
- He was the offspring of a handfast union.
late Old English: from Old Norse handfesta 'strike a bargain by joining hands'.