• The first installment, or first payment of money in a day or series.
  • A gift given at New Year, or at the start of some enterprise or new situation, meant to ensure good luck.
  • (obsolete) A lucky omen.
  • (obsolete) price; payment


  • (transitive) To inaugurate by means of some ceremony; to break in.
  • (transitive) To give a handsel to.
  • (transitive) To use or do for the first time, especially so as to make fortunate or unfortunate; to try experimentally.

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