\ 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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The tea ceremony guild, Sho-Fu-Kai, provides traditional cultural enrichment and recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary. Colleen Smith, The Denver Post, "Denver’s oasis has been tucked away in the Denver Botanic Gardens for 40 years," 29 June 2019 The guild offers monthly educational seminars led by Knittel of Midway University. Bailey Loosemore, The Courier-Journal, "'We can't forget': Kentucky is (slowly) recognizing the role of slaves in bourbon's legacy," 27 June 2019 Such guilds could also act as a repository for employees’ work records. The Economist, "For the future, look to the past," 13 June 2019 The nonprofit guild plans to award six more certificates and checks in its 2019 fiscal year. San Diego Union-Tribune, "North County School News, June 6," 6 June 2019 John now is the target of the guild with a $14 million bounty attracting world-wide assassins. Guy Hanford, Ramona Sentinel, "Flickers: ‘Child’s Play’ and ‘Toy Story 4’ open Friday," 20 June 2019 The guild, which has been around for 14 years, is actively recruiting new members, said Edmonds, especially younger members, including women. Melissa Fletcher Stoeltje,, "Texas Folklife Festival brings new artisans to San Antonio," 9 June 2019 Anushka Iyer, an art student at Canyon Crest Academy in San Diego, was awarded a certificate and a check for $100 by Judy Salinsky, publicity co-chair of the guild. San Diego Union-Tribune, "North County School News, June 6," 6 June 2019 The Oulipo, a diverse if clannish guild that has somehow managed to survive for fifty-eight years, has included both major writers and pedantic hobbyists, and inspired work along the entire range of its members’ capabilities. Luc Sante, Harper's magazine, "A Crew of Variegated Weirdos," 10 Jan. 2019

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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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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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