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guild

noun \ˈgild\

Simple Definition of guild

  • : 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

  1. 1 :  an association of people with similar interests or pursuits; especially :  a medieval association of merchants or craftsmen

  2. 2 :  a group of organisms that use the same ecological resource in a similar way <a feeding guild>

guild·ship play \ˈgil(d)-ˌship\ noun

Examples of guild

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



Variants of guild

also gild \ˈgild\

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




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