\ ˈgild How to pronounce guild (audio) \
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Definition of guild

1 : an association of people with similar interests or pursuits especially : a medieval association of merchants or craftsmen
2 : a group of organisms that use the same ecological resource in a similar way a feeding guild

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Other Words from guild

guildship \ ˈgil(d)-​ˌship How to pronounce guildship (audio) \ noun

Examples of guild in a Sentence

after his apprenticeship, he was able to join the stonemasons' guild

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O’Neill, a past president of the guild, has a track record of trading reforms for money. Steve Miletich, The Seattle Times, "Progress reported in contract talks between Seattle and police officers’ union," 16 July 2018 Usually by now, a consensus favorite has emerged after months of guild and critics groups awards — or at least a front-runner along with one or two potential underdogs. Washington Post, "In Oscar best-picture race, an unprecedented nail biter," 28 Feb. 2018 The guild awards, usually a road map to the Oscars, have spread their honors around like never before. Jake Coyle, The Seattle Times, "What will win best picture? It’s a maddeningly close race," 20 Feb. 2019 The biggest beneficiary of The Century Plaza renovation has been the Hilton, which poached dozens of events, including the Writers, Directors and Producers guild awards shows. Peter Kiefer, The Hollywood Reporter, "Make Way for West L.A.'s Biggest Ballroom: Exclusive First Look at Century Plaza's $2.5B Renovation," 2 Mar. 2018 McClure, the guild attorney, also declined any comment. Steve Miletich, The Seattle Times, "Seattle, police union delayed release of ruling to reinstate fired officer until after labor contract was approved," 14 Jan. 2019 Developing a reasonable expertise in something, from US-China relations to renewable energy to school desegregation to fashion trends in Italy to terraforming Mars, requires no magic or secret guild training. David Roberts, Vox, "My advice for aspiring explainer journalists," 9 Dec. 2018 The guild wins, which usually point the way, have been all over the map making this a hard one to call. Lindsey Bahr, The Seattle Times, "AP Oscar predictions: What will win, what should win," 20 Feb. 2019 This last-minute maneuvering shows again why this guild of liberal lawyers should have no role in nominations. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Democrats Sing, the ABA Dances," 10 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of guild

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for guild

Middle English gilde, from Old Norse gildi payment, guild; akin to Old English gield tribute, guild — more at geld

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English Language Learners 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


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Kids Definition of guild

: an association of people with common interests or aims

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a sum of money that is sent as a payment

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