[hans] /hæns/

a medieval guild of merchants
a fee paid by the new members of a medieval trading guild


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    [han-see-at-ik] /ˌhæn siˈæt ɪk/ adjective 1. of or relating to the Hanseatic League or to any of the towns belonging to it. noun 2. any of the towns belonging to the Hanseatic League. /ˌhænsɪˈætɪk/ adjective 1. of or relating to the Hanseatic League noun 2. a member of the Hanseatic League 1610s, from Hanseatic League, […]

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