Definition of Hanse in English:


Syllabification: Hanse
Pronunciation: /hans, ˈhänzə


1A medieval guild of merchants.
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  • The Hanse merchants were a special case, and could have their own base in Lynn.
  • As we noted in Part III, in northern Europe, the city league known as the Hanse became the dominant unit in this region, while in southern Europe, the Italian city-states flourished.
  • During Elizabeth's reign they succeeded in seeing off the challenge of the Hanse, but protests against their monopoly persisted and the advocates of free trade gained ground.
1.1 (the Hanse) The Hanseatic League.
1.2A fee payable to a guild of merchants.


Middle English: from Old French hanse 'guild, company', from Old High German hansa 'company, troop'.

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