Hanseatic

Hanseatic

[han-see-at-ik]
adjective
1.
of or pertaining 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:
1605–15; < Medieval Latin Hanseāticus, equivalent to hanse (< Middle Low German; see Hansa) + -āt- -ate1 + -icus -ic

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Hanseatic (ˌhænsɪˈætɪk)
 
adj
1.  of or relating to the Hanseatic League
 
n
2.  a member of the Hanseatic League

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Hanseatic
1614, from Hanseatic League, medieval confederation of North German towns, from M.L.G. hanse "fellowship, merchants' guild," from O.H.G. hansa "military troop, band, company." M.E. borrowed hanse from O.Fr. hanse, M.L. hansa (both from O.H.G.) in sense of "a company of merchants" (1199).
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