\ˈgild \
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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 \ noun

Examples of guild in a Sentence

after his apprenticeship, he was able to join the stonemasons' guild

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Candidates include Michael Winship, a past president of the guild. Jonathan Handel, The Hollywood Reporter, "WGA East Unveils Board Candidates Ahead of Election," 27 June 2018 In German there’s a predictably satisfying word for the final work produced by an apprentice: Gesellenstück, an object assessed by the relevant guild for its application of logical and practical skill. Hermione Hoby, New York Times, "Mining the Madness of Pure Logic in Stories That Dazzle and Discomfit," 1 June 2018 Bowerman estimates that the guild has around 800 members enrolled out of a possible 850. Andrew J. Campa,, "Local unions react to Janus ruling with uncertainty, hope," 11 July 2018 Typically, that rule is waived only for established directing teams that the guild recognizes as having either a history of working together or sharing a common vision. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, "Lasse Hallstrom, Joe Johnston to Share Director Credit on 'Nutcracker and the Four Realms' (Exclusive)," 5 July 2018 Book publishing emerged from the printing guilds, and eventually became taste-making, discourse-shaping enterprises. Franklin Foer, The Atlantic, "The Death of the Public Square," 6 July 2018 Kurtz said these demonstrations are one of his favorite parts of the guild. Ben Brazil,, "Orange County Blacksmith Guild seeks to preserve the old ways," 26 Jan. 2018 Brownie troops and arts groups, an organization for female former prisoners and the Worshipful Company of Upholders, an upholsterers’ guild, were among the groups that created banners. Jill Lawless,, "Events mark centenary of women’s vote in UK," 10 June 2018 The London march featured banners from Brownie packs and arts groups, an organization for female ex-prisoners and the Worshipful Company of Upholders, an upholsterers’ guild. Washington Post, "100 years of voting: British marches celebrate suffragettes," 10 June 2018

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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



Kids Definition of guild

: an association of people with common interests or aims

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