Meaning of Hanse in English:


Pronunciation /ˈhansə/


  • 1A medieval guild of merchants.

    ‘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.’
    • ‘He continued to expand his horizons: in 1405 he was exporting large quantities of barley, oats, and wheat; and in 1412 he was trading with the Hanse and Norway.’
    • ‘Kogge is a rather crude simulation of Hanse trade.’
    1. 1.1the HanseThe Hanseatic League.
    2. 1.2A fee payable to a guild of merchants.


Middle English from Old French hanse ‘guild, company’, from Old High German hansa ‘company, troop’.