• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n. & v Hansel hăn"sĕl See Handsel.
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Hansel and Grethel Hansel and Grethel
Hansel and Gretel Hansel and Gretel

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Engelbert Humperdinck's real name is Gerry Dorsey. He didn't make that name up, though. It originally belonged to the 1800s German musician who wrote the opera Hansel and Gretel.
    • hansel See handsel.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Hansel hand′sel the first sale or using of anything: earnest-money or part-payment by way of binding a bargain:
    • n Hansel hand′sel (Scot.) a gift made on the first Monday of the year to a child or servant: a New-year's gift
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. handselen, a giving into the hands of another; or Ice. handsal.


In literature:

They were Hansel and Grettel.
"Everychild" by Louis Dodge
NEAR a great forest there lived a poor woodcutter and his wife, and his two children; the boy's name was Hansel and the girl's Grethel.
"Household Stories by the Brothers Grimm" by Jacob Grimm and Wilhelm Grimm
Many years ago, a woodcutter and his wife, with their two children, Hansel and Gretel, lived upon the outskirts of a dense wood.
"Childhood's Favorites and Fairy Stories" by Various
So Hansel and Gretel gathered together quite a little mountain of twigs.
"Favorite Fairy Tales" by Logan Marshall
I don't think, though, that Hansel really believes me a witch, by the way he's looking at me.
"Shining Ferry" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
However, we hanselled your cup, as you know she is of a thirsty temperament.
"The Martyrs of Science, or, The lives of Galileo, Tycho Brahe, and Kepler" by David Brewster
Taken from pedlars who, coming into a house, will say, 'Give us hansel.
"The Proverbs of Scotland" by Alexander Hislop
So Hansel and Grethel gathered together quite a little mountain of twigs.
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17)" by Various
I'll hansel his woman's clothes for him.
"The Constant Couple" by George Farquhar
Humperdinck's lovely Hansel and Gretel has given him a place of importance.
"Woman's Club Work and Programs" by Caroline French Benton

In poetry:

Yn the medys of the towne,
Ther he schowed hes war;
"Pottys! pottys!" he gan crey foll sone,
"Haffe hansell for the mar."
"Robin Hood And The Potter" by Andrew Lang
March is the month of cringe and bluster.
Each of our children has a sister.
They cling together like Hansel and Gretel,
With their noses glued to the benzoin kettle.
"One Third Of The Calendar" by Ogden Nash
'Tis true I brought noo fortune hwome
Wi' Jenny, vor her honey-moon,
But still a goodish hansel come
Behind her perty soon,
Vor stick, an' dish, an' spoon, all vell
To Jeäne, vrom Aunt o' Camwy dell.
"The Wheel Routs" by William Barnes

In news:

She joins Jeremy Renner, who will play Hansel , with Tommy Wirkola ("Dead Snow") directing.
Students from Trinity School of Frederick play angels as they surround Hansel and Gretel during a dress rehearsal of " Hansel and Gretel" at Grace United Church of Christ on Wednesday night.
Into the forest with Syracuse Opera's ' Hansel & Gretel'.
Dick Blume / The Post Standard The witch frightens Audrey Elizabeth Luna as Gretel (bottom) and Katie Calcamuggio as Hansel in Syracuse Opera's production of " Hansel & Gretel".
' Hansel and Gretel': An Irresistible Treat.
" Hansel and Gretel" is presented by the Washington National Opera's Young Artists Program.
' Hansel and Gretel' great way to introduce ballet to young children.
Humperdinck 's Hansel and Gretel.
Senior Christy Cash finished with a score of, 229.15, in the three-meter dive to place 36th and lead the Jayhawks in day one of the Phill Hansel Invitational.
Hansel Kreutzer and Jennifer Mespelt.
Phil Hansel operates a control valve for a collection tank at PolyFlow in Akron, Wednesday, July 23, 2008.
Loftin debuts with a smart, fresh, and thoroughly modern retelling of Hansel and Gretel.
In the fairy tale 'Hansel and Gretel,' the brother-and-sister pair leave a trail of breadcrumbs behind to help them retrace their steps back home.
Hansell doesn't plan any drastic overhauls to the menu or the restaurant, he says.
Sarah Henry Posts Second-Fastest Collegiate 500 Free in History at Phil Hansel Invite.

In science:

BHMV94. V´eronique Bruy`ere, Georges Hansel, Christian Michaux, and Roger Villemaire.
Least Significant Digit First Presburger Automata
Mood, Introduction to the theory of statistics (McGraw-Hill Inc., 1974). H. H¨affner, W. H¨ansel, C. F.
Detection of systematic errors in quantum experiments
Hansell, Topological properties of Souslin subsets, Trans.
Problems from Topology Proceedings
Bruy`ere, V., Hansel, G., Michaux, C., and Villemaire, R. 1994.
Bounds on the Automata Size for Presburger Arithmetic