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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