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Engage (someone) to be married.‘she was handfasted to my older brother Lewis’‘they had been handfasted when they were but twelve years old’
- ‘Despite his doubts, when Gemma faces deceipt and danger, Drummond handfasts with her.’
- ‘Incensed by her rejection he cautioned Agnes that he would force her into marriage by falsely claiming she had handfasted with him.’
- ‘A couple may choose to handfast for the traditional period of a year and a day.’
- ‘Why in the name of all that is holy did that man handfast to her?’
- ‘Others vow to handfast for life while a few, in accordance with Pagan beliefs in reincarnation, do so for all their future lives as well.’
- ‘Let those who would love one another, and would be as one and bear child, be handfasted.’
- ‘The man to whom I was handfasted for many years is a gifted blacksmith.’
- ‘I have a wonderful man who loves me, and we were handfasted this past Summer.’
- ‘Though Brenna had agreed to handfast with him, he wondered if she might still change her mind.’
- ‘I would like to handfast with him tonight, before he leaves on the voyage.’
An engagement or marriage contract.‘the only thing that can undo a handfast is a lack of love’
engagement, betrothment, marriage contractView synonyms
- ‘As late as the sixteenth century the issue of a handfast marriage claimed the earldom of Sutherland’
- ‘He was the offspring of a handfast union.’
- ‘In the Lake District in the sixteenth century a handfast was supposed to last no longer than a year and a day.’
- ‘Since she's naught but an orphan, lacking dowry and family, then you should be content with a handfast.’
- ‘Handfasts were common in Tudor England.’
Late Old English: from Old Norse handfesta strike a bargain by joining hands.
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