\ 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

Other Words from guild

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

Examples of guild in a Sentence

after his apprenticeship, he was able to join the stonemasons' guild
Recent Examples on the Web Fisher indicated that nearly 50% of the guild is composed of women. Clayton Davis, Variety, 19 Mar. 2022 Only about 498 of the guild’s 2,400 members participated. Los Angeles Times, 15 Feb. 2022 The Portland Civic Theatre Guild presents a reading of the guild’s 2022 New Play Award winner by E.M. Lewis. oregonlive, 19 Jan. 2022 Members re-upped Parker, a production designer who has led the guild for two terms since he was first elected in 2016, to a third term in an election that took place between March 29 and April 18. Katie Kilkenny, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 Apr. 2022 When this year’s Producers Guild of America Awards are handed out, along with those being recognized for their achievements in projects over the last year will be a handful of the industry’s top names, receiving the guild’s Honorary Awards. Paul Plunkett, Variety, 18 Mar. 2022 Voting for Oscar nominations began Thursday, so the already influential guild awards could have a greater role in this year's thus-far largely virtual awards season. Jake Coyle, ajc, 27 Jan. 2022 Freelance members work in screen and television, and staff members work in television, radio and digital news shops under the guild’s jurisdiction. Los Angeles Times, 14 Sep. 2021 There is no hourly or weekly pay scale because there is no union, although some guild members have talked of trying to form one. Los Angeles Times, 12 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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The first known use of guild was in the 14th century

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14 May 2022

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“Guild.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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Kids Definition of guild

: an association of people with common interests or aims

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