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[han-suh, -zuh] /ˈhæn sə, -zə/
a company or guild of merchants in a northern European medieval town.
a fee paid to a merchant guild by a new member.
Also called Hansa town, Hansetown. a town that is a member of the Hanseatic League.
Origin of Hansa
< Medieval Latin; replacing Middle English hans, hanze < Middle Low German hanse; cognate with Old English hōs, Old High German, Gothic hansa company Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • It terminated in 1370, leaving the Hansa master of the situation.

    The Railroad Question William Larrabee
  • This was the Hanseatic League (so called from the word Hansa, a convention).

    The History of London Walter Besant
  • Under this pressure, in 1597, an exception was made in favor of the Hansa.

  • Why should not the Hansa, he pleaded, once more play the rôle of king-maker?

    The Hansa Towns

    Helen Zimmern
  • In number and excellence of ships the Hansa had the advantage.

    The Hansa Towns

    Helen Zimmern
  • What a degradation of sentiment in the Hansa when the cause of one was no longer the cause of all!

    The Hansa Towns

    Helen Zimmern
  • So perished the last great Hanseatic hero and with him the Hansa's power.

    The Hansa Towns

    Helen Zimmern
  • Such trade warriors are not uncommon in the history of the Hansa.

    The Hansa Towns

    Helen Zimmern
  • But Waldemar had resolved to break entirely the power of the Hansa.

    The Hansa Towns

    Helen Zimmern
  • Nay, this question can receive no final reply in any period of the Hansa's history.

    The Hansa Towns

    Helen Zimmern
Word Origin and History for Hansa

also Hanse, medieval European merchants' guild; see Hanseatic. A member was a Hansard (early 13c. as a surname).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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