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  1. Hansa.
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Examples from the Web for hanse

Historical Examples

  • The Dutch and the Hanse towns were exempted from this duty of freight.

    The Sailor's Word-Book

    William Henry Smyth

  • Janaway, the Genoese, and Haunce, from the famous Hanse confederation.

  • Merchant princes, members of the Hanse, lived here in palaces.


    George W. T. (George William Thomson) Omond

  • It was governed by a burgher of Bruges who was styled "Count of the Hanse."

  • The Hanse towns had found out what this Gustav could do at home.

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
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Word Origin

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