Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “handshake”

handshake

noun [C]
 
 
/ˈhændʃeɪk/
a greeting in which two people who are facing each other take hold of each other's right hand and move it up and down: His charm begins with a warm smile, his arm on your shoulder and a firm handshake.
a business agreement made informally without signing an agreement: a handshake agreement/deal On a handshake, I've promised the first car to one of our established customers.
IT a signal sent from one computer to another to show that they are ready to send and receive information: Hackers false requests for an electronic handshake with our machines are so numerous that the legitimate requests can't get through.
(Definition of handshake from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of handshake?
Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Physical gestures of respect, but you might be interested in these topics from the Body movements and posture topic area:

Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More Business English definitions for “handshake”

Definitions of “handshake” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

beer mat

a small piece of cardboard that you put under a glass to protect a table surface in a pub or bar

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More