• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Hanse An association; a league or confederacy.
    • n Hanse hăns (Arch) That part of an elliptical or many-centered arch which has the shorter radius and immediately adjoins the impost.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n hanse A league; a confederacy; a society or combination of merchants in mercantile towns, for the protection and facility of trade and transportation. In the middle ages French gilds were called hanses.
    • n hanse Specifically [capitalized] The German Hanseatic league.
    • hanse [capitalized] Pertaining to the Hanse or German Hanseatic league: as, Hanse towns.
    • n hanse See hance.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Hanse hans a league
    • adjs Hanse applied to certain commercial cities in Germany whose famous league for mutual defence and commercial association began in a compact between Hamburg and Lübeck in 1241
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
G. hanse, or F. hanse,from German), OHG. & Goth. hansa,; akin to AS. hōs, band, troop
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. hanse—Old High Ger. hansa, a band of men (Ger. hanse).


In literature:

In fact, Napoleon longed to obtain possession of the Hanse Towns.
"Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte, Complete" by Louis Antoine Fauvelet de Bourrienne
Order was established and negotiations entered into for the mutual safeguard of traders with the Hanse towns.
"In Freedom's Cause" by G. A. Henty
Here the Hanse towns brought the wares of the north, and here the English company had a factory.
"The Revolt of The Netherlands, Complete" by Friedrich Schiller
ANKLAM (12), an old Hanse town in Pomerania, connected by railway with Stettin.
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
The Hanse League performed a wonderful work.
"Commercial Geography" by Jacques W. Redway
Also, natives of the Hanse Towns, or of the east country.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Hanse Towns, the, 55.
"The Political History of England - Vol XI" by George Brodrick
Hanse towns, confederacy of the, iii.
"View of the State of Europe during the Middle Ages, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Henry Hallam
Some of the Hanse towns are ready to unite with me.
"Pictures of German Life in the XVth XVIth and XVIIth Centuries, Vol. II." by Gustav Freytag
In 1535-6 the forces of the Hanse were defeated both by land and sea, and the war party saw the error of its ways.
"Bartholomew Sastrow" by Bartholomew Sastrow
By JOHN WARD, C.B., late H.M. Minister-Resident to the Hanse Towns.
"Dante. An essay." by R. W. Church
Vot vas te passvoord, Hanse?
"Captain Kyd, Vol. II" by Joseph Holt Ingraham
I can as well as you make a difference between what I undertake in the Hanse-towns' name, and what I risk in my own.
"King Eric and the Outlaws, Vol. 2" by Bernhard Severin Ingemann
Altona (Hanse Towns and Schleswig-Holstein); X. Hanover (Hanover); XI.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 11, Slice 7" by Various
During the same time the Hanse towns were passing through a period of difficulty.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 11, Slice 8" by Various
It was more Hanse than the Hanse towns.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 12, Slice 8" by Various
Hattingen, which received communal rights in 1396, was one of the Hanse towns.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 1" by Various
After this the Hanse gradually sunk in importance, and finally ceased to exist in 1630.
"Popular Technology, Vol. I (of 2)" by Edward Hazen
Hanse Towns, offers made them by the Emperor, 106.
"The Thirty Years' War" by Samuel Rawson Gardiner
These three Hanse towns still retain special privileges.
"The Flags of the World" by F. Edward Hulme

In news:

Gil Hanse and Amy Alcott .
Who are the newly appointed Olympic course designers, Gil Hanse and Amy Alcott .
Hanse's 2013 course of action : Move to Rio, start building.
Hanse 's 2013 course of action: Move to Rio, start building.
Gil Hanse building 2016 Olympic golf course.
Gil Hanse to design 2016 Rio course.
American architect Gil Hanse will design the 2016 Olympic golf course in Rio de Janeiro, winning the selection Wednesday over Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman and Gary Player.
Hanse chosen over Nicklaus, Norman to design Olympic course.
Rio Olympics take chance on Hanse when it comes to course development.
Jeremy McGeary reviews the Hanse 315 for the 2007 Cruising World Sailboat Show.
Hanse updates The Country Club before '16 Olympics.
Gil Hanse oversees Vineyard re-do.
Luke Donald apologized Sunday for criticizing golf course architect Gil Hanse in a tweet that was meant to be private.
Gil Hanse building 2016 Olympic golf course.
Yeah, my grandfather ( Gilbert Hanse) was always a politician.