\ 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
Recent Examples on the Web Common Dreams wrote about the guild's proposals in this story. Brian Stelter, CNN, "News industry lobbyists say Congress needs to include relief in next stimulus package," 20 May 2020 The company that owns The Plain Dealer newspaper in Cleveland this month laid off journalists who were in a guild and increased its reliance on non-unionized workers. New York Times, "Stocks Waver as Consumer Survey Shows Continued Concern: Live Updates," 29 Apr. 2020 But before the advent of modern medical science, barbers and surgeons were grouped into the same professional guilds and often shared space. Marc Bain, Quartz, "We lose more than just haircuts when barbershops and salons are closed," 27 Apr. 2020 So, for example, your guild can start a team and stream together while maintaining separate Twitch accounts/channels. Leah Marilla Thomas,, "How To Use Twitch To Stay Connected During Quarantine," 25 Mar. 2020 Groups that represent these industries, including the Restaurant Workers Community Foundation, several artists guilds and the Cinema Worker Solidarity Fund, have set up relief funds for workers. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Property owner tells restaurants not to pay rent — pay staff instead," 18 Mar. 2020 Rob Fullmer, the guild's executive director, is proud of the increase of local participation. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "Calling all beer lovers: Here are 10 can't-miss events during Arizona Craft Beer Week," 6 Feb. 2020 Rob Caputo, formerly of Flat 12 Bierwerks, is the guild's executive director. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "Snickerdoodle? Strawberry peach? Slushy styles? The Winterfest beer festival has it all," 28 Jan. 2020 Dan Roberts, executive director of the guild, said the state’s on-premise retail and beverage alcohol industries need additional help to stem the economic consequences of the state’s large-scale economic shutdown. William Thornton |, al, "Brewers Guild asks for law changes to stave off ‘financial ruin’," 20 Mar. 2020

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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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27 May 2020

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“Guild.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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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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