Hansa

Hansa

[han-suh, -zuh]
noun
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.

Origin:
< 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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Hanse or Hansa (hæns, ˈhænsə, -zə)
 
n
1.  a medieval guild of merchants
2.  a fee paid by the new members of a medieval trading guild
3.  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]
 
Hansa or Hansa
 
n
 
[C12: of Germanic origin; compare Old High German hansa, Old English hōs troop]

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