dean of guild

: the head of a guild (as in medieval and some existing European guilds) having the power to summon the members to meetings
: 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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“Dean of guild.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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