\ 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 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 In performance, the application of black makeup dates at least as far back as the medieval period, when guild records show that some of the devils in English religious dramas were portrayed as being black. Ayanna Thompson, Smithsonian Magazine, "Blackface Is Older Than You Might Think," 29 Apr. 2021 Lawyers and the vestiges of their guild are the principal obstacle. Mark A. Cohen, Forbes, "Digital Litigation: Dispute Avoidance, Early-Detection, Accelerated Case Strategy, And Early-Resolution," 19 Apr. 2021 Today, guild members choose their best work to display at the Cedarburg Cultural Center for the annual juried exhibition. Eddie Morales, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The Cedarburg Artists' Guild will celebrate its 40th anniversary as events make a return this year," 31 Mar. 2021 According to information the spokesperson provided, Lyft is exploring ways to expand safety features and alerts, many of which address the guild’s concerns. Daniel I. Dorfman,, "Vigil honors life of Franklin Park ride share driver shot and killed in Chicago carjacking," 27 Mar. 2021 It’s both the unbeatable steamroller that claims the guild prizes, and the artsy indie that critics love. Nate Jones, Vulture, "Does Nomadland Have Best Picture Sewn Up?," 26 Mar. 2021 The Sun’s news guild has led efforts to find local buyers who could help block the sale to Alden. John Holland,, "Maryland businessman and his partner up the stakes in quest to buy The Baltimore Sun’s parent company," 6 Apr. 2021 The guild, which defines itself as multiethnic and has a core of 15 members, is one of dozens around the country centered on Black traditions dating back to slavery. Susan Moeller,, "Quilters are weaving personal histories of the Black experience: ‘We’re a people with a lot of stories to tell’," 11 Mar. 2021 At the guild's virtual, pre-recorded 73rd annual awards, the biggest winners were a pair of awards-season dark horses. Jake Coyle, Star Tribune, "'Borat,' 'Promising Young Woman' win at Writers Guild Awards," 21 Mar. 2021

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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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“Guild.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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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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