of or relating to the Hanseatic League or to any of the towns belonging to it.


any of the towns belonging to the Hanseatic League.

Origin of Hanseatic

1605–15; < Medieval Latin Hanseāticus, equivalent to hanse (< Middle Low German; see Hansa) + -āt- -ate1 + -icus -ic
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Historical Examples of hanseatic

  • This was the Hanseatic League (so called from the word Hansa, a convention).

  • In this friendly Hanseatic centre Gustavus expected armed support.


    Victor Nilsson

  • Here the meetings of Hanseatic League were held in the fourteenth century.

    Nasby in Exile

    David R. Locke

  • But in this period of peace I hope that our Hanseatic cities will flourish.

  • The league of the Hanseatic cities was established and rose daily in importance.

    Venetian Life

    William Dean Howells

British Dictionary definitions for hanseatic



of or relating to the Hanseatic League


a member of the Hanseatic League
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Word Origin and History for hanseatic


1610s, from Hanseatic League, medieval confederation of North German towns, from Medieval Latin Hanseaticus, from Middle Low German hanse "fellowship, merchants' guild," from Old High German hansa "military troop, band, company." Related to Gothic hansa "troop, company, multitude," Old English hos "attendants, retinue." Middle English borrowed hanse from Old French hanse and Medieval Latin hansa (both from Old High German) in sense of "a company of merchants" (late 12c.). Cf. hanshus "guild hall" (12c.).

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