Hansa

[han-suh, -zuh]
noun
  1. a company or guild of merchants in a northern European medieval town.
  2. a fee paid to a merchant guild by a new member.
  3. Also called Hansa town, Hansetown. a town that is a member of the Hanseatic League.
  4. 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
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Hansa

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

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