Guild
Guild Guild, n. [OE. gilds, AS. gild, gield, geld, tribute, a society or company where payment was made for its charge and support, fr. AS. gildan, gieldan, to pay. See {Yield}, v. t.] 1. An association of men belonging to the same class, or engaged in kindred pursuits, formed for mutual aid and protection; a business fraternity or corporation; as, the Stationers' Guild; the Ironmongers' Guild. They were originally licensed by the government, and endowed with special privileges and authority. [1913 Webster]

2. A guildhall. [Obs.] --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

3. A religious association or society, organized for charitable purposes or for assistance in parish work. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • guild — guild; guild·hall; guild·ite; guild·ry; guild·ship; …   English syllables

  • guild — [gıld] n [Date: 1300 1400; : Old Norse; Origin: gildi payment, guild ] an organization of people who do the same job or have the same interests ▪ the Women s Guild …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • guild — early 13c., yilde (spelling later influenced by O.N. gildi guild, brotherhood ), a semantic fusion of O.E. gegyld guild and gild, gyld payment, tribute, compensation, from P.Gmc. *gelth pay (Cf. O.Fris. geld money, O.S. geld payment, sacrifice,… …   Etymology dictionary

  • guild — [gild] n. [ME gild, blend of ON gildi, guild, guild feast & OE gyld, association (of paying members), akin to OHG gelt, OFris ield, all < base seen in OE gieldan, to pay: see YIELD] 1. in medieval times, a union of men in the same craft or… …   English World dictionary

  • guild — index association (alliance), company (enterprise), confederacy (compact), cooperative, institute …   Law dictionary

  • Guild — Guild, Theatre …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • guild — [ gıld ] noun count an organization of people who all have the same job, goals, or interests …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • guild — see gild …   Modern English usage

  • guild — [n] association, fellowship club, company, corporation, federation, group, interest group, league, lodge, order, organization, profession, society, sodality, trade, union; concepts 381,387 …   New thesaurus

  • guild — ► NOUN 1) a medieval association of craftsmen or merchants. 2) an association of people for a common purpose. ORIGIN Old English, related to YIELD(Cf. ↑yielder) …   English terms dictionary

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