(also handsel) archaic or US
1A gift given for good luck at the beginning of the year or to mark an acquisition or the start of an enterprise.
- This gathering of songs from the Angus-bred singer and fret player from Scots band Malinky is more an assertion of personal identity than a hansel to the glens, Mearns and tenacious coastal townships of his youth.
- They come on the New Year's Eve, give handsels to children and arrange the party.
- We donated handsels and small gifts to welfare children and promoted an end-of-the-year fund-raising campaign to support welfare organizations.
verb (hansels, hanseling, hanseled ; British hansels, hanselling, hanselled)[with object]
1Give a hansel to.
- 2006 was hanselled with the reappearance of two old friends: the Skye Bridge and the Scottish Parliament construction project.
- The younger men had "hanselled" their good bargain overwell, and were laughing and talking freely, as they walked up the white road from the haven.
- Incidentally, the practice of putting some coins in a purse or wallet you buy for someone is called hanselling.
1.1Inaugurate (something), especially by being the first to try it: a floodlit fixture to officially hansel the completed stadium
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- His first chance comes on Tuesday when he hansels the new parliament with a speech outlining the Executive's legislative plans.
- There were 2632 days between the Accies last game in May 1994 at the old Douglas Park in Hamilton and yesterday's hanseling of the club's new Ballast Stadium with a match against a Sunderland XI.
- Iain is delighted to have the honour of hanseling the new facilities, and believes it will be an important resource for the island.
Words that rhyme with hanselcancel, Hänsel, Mansell
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