American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- A former economic and defensive confederation of free towns in northern Germany and neighboring areas. Traditionally dated to a protective alliance formed by Lübeck and Hamburg in 1241, it reached the height of its power in the 14th century and held its last official assembly in 1669.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. See under 2d Hanse.
- n. a commercial and defensive confederation of free cities in northern Germany and surrounding areas; formed in 1241 and most influential in the 14th century when it included over 100 towns and functioned as an independent political power; the last official assembly was held in 1669
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“Hanseatic League maintained its ascendency in the Baltic as late as the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.”
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