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[han-suh, -zuh]
  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.
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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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Historical Examples of hansa

  • 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).

  • Under this pressure, in 1597, an exception was made in favor of the Hansa.

  • 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

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

    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).

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