guild

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noun \ˈgild\
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Definition of guild

  1. 1 :  an association of people with similar interests or pursuits; especially :  a medieval association of merchants or craftsmen

  2. 2 :  a group of organisms that use the same ecological resource in a similar way a feeding guild

guildship

play \ˈgil(d)-ˌship\ noun

Examples of guild in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of guild

Middle English gilde, from Old Norse gildi payment, guild; akin to Old English gield tribute, guild — more at geld


GUILD Defined for English Language Learners

guild

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noun

Definition of guild for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

guild

noun \ˈgild\

Definition of guild for Students

  1. :  an association of people with common interests or aims



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