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[han-suh, -zuh] /ˈhæn sə, -zə/
a company or guild of merchants in a northern European medieval town.
a fee paid to a merchant guild by a new member.
Also called Hansa town, Hansetown. a town that is a member of the Hanseatic League.
Origin of Hansa
< Medieval Latin; replacing Middle English hans, hanze < Middle Low German hanse; cognate with Old English hōs, Old High German, Gothic hansa company Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It was laid before the Hansa Diet for revision, approved, and at once promulgated.

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

    The History of London Walter Besant
  • And these were, in a word, to put the Hansa in possession of the Sound.

    The Hansa Towns Helen Zimmern
  • Under this pressure, in 1597, an exception was made in favor of the Hansa.

  • This was the smooth speaking in which the Hansa's imperial masters chose to indulge when it suited their imperial purpose.

    The Hansa Towns Helen Zimmern
  • But Waldemar had resolved to break entirely the power of the Hansa.

    The Hansa Towns Helen Zimmern
  • Hansa did more than almost any other institution in northern Europe to establish the reign of Law.

    The Thirteenth James J. Walsh
  • It was indeed a vast dominion that stood under the sway of the Hansa.

    The Hansa Towns Helen Zimmern
  • The Spaniards who had arrived on board the Hansa consisted of nine men and a lad of twelve years of age, named Pablo.

    Off on a Comet Jules Verne
  • Towards bringing about this state of things the Hansa had greatly contributed.

    The Hansa Towns Helen Zimmern
Word Origin and History for Hansa

also Hanse, medieval European merchants' guild; see Hanseatic. A member was a Hansard (early 13c. as a surname).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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