\ 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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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 In a recent article, Mr. Lanier and Mr. Weyl, a researcher at Microsoft, propose that users be paid for their data via intermediaries modeled on artisans’ guilds or farmers’ co-ops. Greg Ip, WSJ, "The Unintended Consequences of the ‘Free’ Internet," 14 Nov. 2018 For the second consecutive summer, Chicago also will be the site of Friday Night Flights, a series of mini beer festivals co-sponsored by the city and the guild. Josh Noel,, "Craft Beer Week isn't just for Chicago anymore," 15 Mar. 2018 When the brewers’ guild was formed in 2007, there were about 30 brewing licenses in the state; now there are more than 150. Jon Chesto,, "Bill to help craft brewers has new life on Beacon Hill," 14 Mar. 2018 With most occupations in the Middle Ages restricted to members of male-only guilds, widows and spinsters could rely on ale-making to support themselves. Amanda Foreman, WSJ, "When Women Were Brewers," 4 Oct. 2018 Cordner, the city’s appointed member, strongly agreed with Shepherd’s firing, while Parton, the police guild’s member, disagreed with that discipline. Lewis Kamb, The Seattle Times, "Arbitrator reinstates Seattle police officer fired in 2016 for punching intoxicated handcuffed woman," 21 Nov. 2018 Eventually, after asking to pause production for several weeks, Singer was fired from the film with a few weeks left to shoot, and Dexter Fletcher finished it, though because of the director’s guild rules, Singer is still its sole credited director. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Bohemian Rhapsody reduces Freddie Mercury’s vibrant life to a perfunctory slog," 2 Nov. 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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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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