Definition of handbreadth in English:

handbreadth

(also hand's breadth, handsbreadth)

noun

  • Originally: †a unit of length based on the breadth of a hand, although varying in size according to period and locality; four digits, equal to three inches (approx. 7.8 cm); also figurative; compare "hand", "palm"; (obsolete). In later use: a distance or length likened to the width of the hand.

Origin

Mid 16th century; earliest use found in The New Testament. In some forms from hand + breadth.

Pronunciation

handbreadth

/ˈhan(d)brɛdθ//ˈhan(d)brɛtθ/