noun \ˈgild\

: an organized group of people who have joined together because they share the same job or interest; especially : an association of people who made or sold goods in the Middle Ages

Full Definition of GUILD

:  an association of people with similar interests or pursuits; especially :  a medieval association of merchants or craftsmen
:  a group of organisms that use the same ecological resource in a similar way <a feeding guild>
guild·ship \ˈgil(d)-ˌship\ noun

Variants of GUILD

guild also gild \ˈgild\

Examples of GUILD

  1. <after his apprenticeship, he was able to join the stonemasons' guild>

Origin of GUILD

Middle English gilde, from Old Norse gildi payment, guild; akin to Old English gield tribute, guild — more at geld
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with GUILD

GUILDSHIP Defined for Kids


noun \ˈgild\

Definition of GUILD for Kids

:  an association of people with common interests or aims


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