From Hanse (“merchant guild; the Hanseatic League”) + -ard (“forming agent nouns, especially pejorative ones”). In reference to parliamentary reports, via the surname of Luke Hansard (1752–1828), the London printer of debates in the British Parliament. The reports were titled Hansard from 1829 and generically referenced as "Hansards" from about 1859.
Hansard (plural Hansards)
- (historical) A member of a Hanse or a resident of a Hanse towns.
- A surname.
- The official report of discussions in the British and some Commonwealth parliaments.