Hanseatic-league definitions

hăn'sē-ăt'ĭk
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 1300s and held its last official assembly in 1669.
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The commercial and military alliance of Low German merchant guilds and privileged market towns which dominated trade along the coasts of northern Europe from the mid-12th to mid-17th centuries.
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Origin of hanseatic-league

Hanseatic, from High German/German Low German Hanse (“Hanseatic League"), + League.