Handfast



[hand-fast, -fahst] /ˈhændˌfæst, -ˌfɑst/

noun
1.
Archaic. a covenant or contract, especially a betrothal, usually completed by a handclasp.
/ˈhændˌfɑːst/
noun
1.
an agreement, esp of marriage, confirmed by a handshake
2.
a firm grip
verb (transitive)
3.
to betroth or marry (two persons or another person) by joining the hands
4.
to grip with the hand
v.

“betroth, bind in wedlock,” mid-12c., from Old English handfæsten, from hand (n.) + fast (see fasten). Related: Handfasted; handfasting.

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