hanse definition

  • noun:
    • A medieval business guild or trade association.
    • A league; a confederacy.
    • A society or combination of merchants in mercantile cities, for defense and center of trade and transportation.
    • A Mediaeval French guild.
    • The German Hanseatic league; Hanse.
    • That section of an elliptical or many-centered arch with the faster radius and immediately adjoins the impost.
    • An association; a league or confederacy.
    • A league; a confederacy; a society or mix of merchants in mercantile towns, the defense and center of trade and transport. At the center ages French gilds had been called hanses.
    • Specifically [capitalized] The German Hanseatic league.
    • See hance.
  • adjective:
    • regarding the Hanse or German Hanseatic league.
  • others:
    • [capitalized] Pertaining to the Hanse or German Hanseatic league: as, Hanse cities.

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