Pronunciation: (han'sul),[key] —n., v.,-seled, -sel•ing or (esp. Brit.)-selled, -sel•ling.
—n. 1. a gift or token for good luck or as an expression of good wishes, as at the beginning of the new year or when entering upon a new situation or enterprise.
2. a first installment of payment.
3. the initial experience of anything; first encounter with or use of something taken as a token of what will follow; foretaste.
—v.t. 1. to give a handsel to.
2. to inaugurate auspiciously.
3. to use, try, or experience for the first time. Also,hansel.