dean of guild

Definition of dean of guild

  1. 1 :  the head of a guild (as in medieval and some existing European guilds) having the power to summon the members to meetings

  2. 2 :  a magistrate of a Scottish burgh or town formerly having jurisdiction of mercantile causes within a burgh and still entrusted with the inspection of and control over the construction, alteration, or repair of buildings

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