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Hanseatic

[han-see-at-ik] /ˌhæn siˈæt ɪk/
adjective
1.
of or relating to the Hanseatic League or to any of the towns belonging to it.
noun
2.
any of the towns belonging to the Hanseatic League.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; < Medieval Latin Hanseāticus, equivalent to hanse (< Middle Low German; see Hansa) + -āt- -ate1 + -icus -ic
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Hanseatic

/ˌhænsɪˈætɪk/
adjective
1.
of or relating to the Hanseatic League
noun
2.
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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