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A medieval merchant guild or trade association.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Middle Low German, from Old High German hansa, military troop.]

han′se·at′ic (hăn′sē-ăt′ĭk) adj.


(hæns) or


1. (Historical Terms) a medieval guild of merchants
2. (Historical Terms) a fee paid by the new members of a medieval trading guild
3. (Historical Terms)
a. another name for the Hanseatic League
b. (as modifier): a Hanse town.
[C12: of Germanic origin; compare Old High German hansa, Old English hōs troop]


(ˈhæn sə, -zə)

1. a guild of merchants in a medieval town.
[1300–50; < Medieval Latin; replacing Middle English hans, hanze < Middle Low German hanse, c. Old English hōs, Old High German, Gothic hansa company]
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She was German and favoured the style of the Hanse Haus and her intention was to have this built for herself so that was applied for.
Throughout her reign, Mary I had favored the economic interests of the Hanse merchants over those of the London Merchant Adventurers.
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Since Dehler's takeover by the Hanse Group, the company has had the investment to strongly follow its performance yacht inclinations with the recent 38 and now the new 46 due to be completed in July 5014.
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