variants or Hanse
ˈhan(t)s How to pronounce Hansa (audio)
: a league originally constituted of merchants of various free German cities dealing abroad in the medieval period and later of the cities themselves and organized to secure greater safety and privileges in trading
: a medieval merchant guild or trading association
Hanseatic noun or adjective

Word History


Hansa from Medieval Latin, from Middle Low German hanse; Hanse from Middle English Hanze, from Anglo-French hanse, from Middle Low German

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Hansa was in the 15th century

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“Hansa.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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