guild

noun
\ 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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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 Just as a WoW guild encourages regular, cooperative play, exploring the world through a Pokémon Go lens with friends can be mutually reinforcing. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "The Quiet, Steady Dominance of Pokémon Go," 6 July 2018 Ever since Bezos bought the Post for $250 million in 2013, the guild has sparred with him over matters like wages and retirement plans. Rose Minutaglio, Town & Country, "Washington Post Staffers Weren't Afraid to Call Out Jeff Bezos on the Paper's Pricey Super Bowl Ad," 4 Feb. 2019 The guild’s 1,300-plus officers and sergeants have been working since the end of 2014 under the terms of the previous contract. Steve Miletich, The Seattle Times, "Seattle City Council approves police-union contract; deal faces scrutiny by federal judge overseeing reforms," 13 Nov. 2018 For example, pines, dogwoods, and wild blueberries form a guild for acid soil. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How To Create A Permaculture Garden That Supports Your Local Ecosystem," 1 Mar. 2017

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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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guild

noun

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

guild

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Kids Definition of guild

: an association of people with common interests or aims

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