- (obsolete) A lucky omen.
- (obsolete) price; payment
- 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.
- (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.
- (transitive) To inaugurate by means of some ceremony; to break in.