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Historical Examples of hanse

British Dictionary definitions for hanse


Hansa (ˈhænsə, -zə)

  1. a medieval guild of merchants
  2. a fee paid by the new members of a medieval trading guild
    1. another name for the Hanseatic League
    2. (as modifier)a Hanse town

Word Origin for Hanse

C12: of Germanic origin; compare Old High German hansa, Old English hōs troop
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