variants or less commonly gild
: an association of people with similar interests or pursuits
especially : a medieval association of merchants or craftsmen
: a group of organisms that use the same ecological resource in a similar way
a feeding guild
guildship noun

Examples of guild in a Sentence

after his apprenticeship, he was able to join the stonemasons' guild
Recent Examples on the Web Writer David Shore, who was a member of the WGA’s negotiating committee, says he was stunned by the guild’s actions. Tatiana Siegel, Variety, 21 Nov. 2023 It’s widely expected that the deal will be ratified by membership, after 86% of the guild’s national board of directors approved the three-year pact. Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, 14 Nov. 2023 After gaining the board’s approval on Nov. 10, the 160,000-member actors guild are slated to vote to ratify the new agreement on Tuesday. Monica Mercuri, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 If ratified, the contract will officially end the longest labor strike in the guild’s history. WIRED, 13 Nov. 2023 The resolution secured better residuals for actors involved in streaming projects and protections in cases involving artificial intelligence, two issues paramount to the guild in an era when entertainment is dominated by tech companies. Vulture, 13 Nov. 2023 And the gains made by the strikes may embolden other Hollywood unions, or these same guilds in negotiations that will come up again in three years. Andrew Dalton and Krysta Fauria, The Christian Science Monitor, 9 Nov. 2023 The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers is seeking to secure AI scans for Schedule F performers — guild members who earn more than the minimum for series regulars ($32,000 per TV episode) and feature films ($60,000). Katie Kilkenny, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 Nov. 2023 In a subsequent conference call with financial analysts, Sony management recognized the ending of the writers’ guild and screen actors’ guild strikes. Patrick Frater, Variety, 9 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Guild.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


variants also gild
: an association of persons with common interests or aims
especially : an association of merchants or craftsmen in the Middle Ages

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