Definitions of Hanse:
  • noun:   (historical) A merchant guild, particularly the Fellowship of London Merchants (the "Old Hanse") given a monopoly on London's foreign trade by the Normans or its successor, the Company of Merchant Adventurers (the "New Hanse"), incorporated in 1497 and chartered under Henry VII and Elizabeth I.
  • noun:   (historical) The rights and privileges of such guilds, particularly their trade monopolies.
  • noun:   (historical) A commercial association of Scottish free burghs in the Middle Ages.
  • noun:   (historical) The Hanseatic League: a commercial association of German towns in the Middle Ages.
  • noun:   (historical) Alternative form of hanse, the fees payable to a Hanse or its guildhall.
  • noun:   (historical) Alternative form of Hanse, a merchant guild or a former commercial league of German cities.
  • noun:   (historical) The guildhall of a Hanse.
  • noun:   (historical) A fee payable to the Hanse, particularly its entrance fee and the impost levied on non-members trading in its area.
  • noun:   (architecture) That part of an elliptical or many-centred arch which has the shorter radius and immediately adjoins the impost.

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