Hanse towns
Hanse Hanse, n. [G. hanse, or F. hanse (from German), OHG. & Goth. hansa; akin to AS. h[=o]s band, troop.] An association; a league or confederacy. [1913 Webster]

{Hanse towns} (Hist.), certain commercial cities in Germany which associated themselves for the protection and enlarging of their commerce. The confederacy, called also {Hansa} and {Hanseatic league}, held its first diet in 1260, and was maintained for nearly four hundred years. At one time the league comprised eighty-five cities. Its remnants, L["u]beck, Hamburg, and Bremen, are {free cities}, and are still frequently called Hanse towns. [1913 Webster]


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  • Hanse Towns — /hsns tawnz/ The collective name of certain German cities, including Lubeck, Hamburg, and Bremen, which formed an alliance for the mutual protection and furtherance of their commercial interests, in the twelfth century. The powerful confederacy… …   Black's law dictionary

  • Hanse Towns — /hsns tawnz/ The collective name of certain German cities, including Lubeck, Hamburg, and Bremen, which formed an alliance for the mutual protection and furtherance of their commercial interests, in the twelfth century. The powerful confederacy… …   Black's law dictionary

  • Hanse towns — Those towns which were associated together as members of the Hanseatic League. See Hanseatic League …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • Hanse Towns, laws of the — /loz 3v da haens tawnz/ The maritime ordinances of the Hanseatic towns, first published in German at Liibeck, in 1597, and in May, 1614, revised and enlarged …   Black's law dictionary

  • Hanse Towns, laws of the — /loz 3v da haens tawnz/ The maritime ordinances of the Hanseatic towns, first published in German at Liibeck, in 1597, and in May, 1614, revised and enlarged …   Black's law dictionary

  • laws of the Hanse Towns — /loz 3v da haens tawnz/ The maritime ordinances of the Hanseatic towns, first published in German at Liibeck, in 1597, and in May, 1614, revised and enlarged …   Black's law dictionary

  • laws of the Hanse Towns — /loz 3v da haens tawnz/ The maritime ordinances of the Hanseatic towns, first published in German at Liibeck, in 1597, and in May, 1614, revised and enlarged …   Black's law dictionary

  • Hanse — Hanse, n. [G. hanse, or F. hanse (from German), OHG. & Goth. hansa; akin to AS. h[=o]s band, troop.] An association; a league or confederacy. [1913 Webster] {Hanse towns} (Hist.), certain commercial cities in Germany which associated themselves… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hanse — [hans] n. [ME < MFr & < ML hansa, both < MHG & MLowG hanse, association of merchants < OHG hansa, band of men, akin to OE hos, a troop] 1. a medieval guild of merchants 2. a fee paid to this guild the Hanse a medieval league of free… …   English World dictionary

  • Hanse — ♦ An association of merchants who have secured corporate exemption from tolls and other dues; in twelfth century England sometimes used interchangeably with merchant guild . By the later Middle Ages the German Hanse was a formal association of… …   Medieval glossary

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