\ 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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While Disney’s plan involves profit participants, some entertainment industry guild members fear that companies may go down the same road with residual payments and limit those as well. Stephen Battaglio, Los Angeles Times, "The end of the backend? Disney wants to limit profit participation on its new TV shows," 12 Sep. 2019 The film’s end credits include a dizzying array of guilds and locals. Michael Phillips,, "‘The Killing Floor,’ an unsung Chicago labor story, returns Saturday in a 4k digital edition," 24 July 2019 One of the more than 50 guild members came up with the idea to make the comfort bears. Jennifer Shapiro-sacks,, "Creature comfort: Craft guild members make stuffed bears for police to hand out," 18 July 2019 All proceeds from the Real, Wild and Woody Festival go to the guild. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "Real, Wild and Woody craft beer festival is 'a love letter' to Arizona's beer culture," 16 July 2019 The German apprenticeship system, a relic of medieval guilds and tightly regulated by the German government and trade unions, is designed to offer such alternatives. Michelle Hackman, WSJ, "Looking for an Alternative to College? U.S. Studies German Apprenticeships," 29 Dec. 2018 The contract, if ratified by the guild and the City Council, would be retroactive to 2015. Steve Miletich, The Seattle Times, "Tentative deal: Seattle police officers would receive more than 17% in pay raises in exchange for reforms," 30 Aug. 2018 The actors guild, SAG-AFTRA, does not publish specific salaries. Washington Post, "Actresses of color make equal-pay quest a group effort," 28 July 2019 The guild is facing similar suits from William Morris Endeavor and United Talent Agency. Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, "Top CAA executive Steve Hasker to leave agency after less than two years," 31 July 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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