Definitions for: Guild

[n] a formal association of people with similar interests; "he joined a golf club"; "they formed a small lunch society"; "men from the fraternal order will staff the soup kitchen today"

Webster (1913) Definition: Guild, n. [OE. gilds, AS. gild, gield, geld, tribute, a
society or company where payment was made for its charge and
support, fr. AS. gildan, gieldan, to pay. See Yield, v. t.]
1. An association of men belonging to the same class, or
engaged in kindred pursuits, formed for mutual aid and
protection; a business fraternity or corporation; as, the
Stationers' Guild; the Ironmongers' Guild. They were
originally licensed by the government, and endowed with
special privileges and authority.

2. A guildhall. [Obs.] --Spenser.

3. A religious association or society, organized for
charitable purposes or for assistance in parish work.

Synonyms: club, gild, lodge, order, society

See Also: association, athenaeum, atheneum, boat club, bookclub, chapter, chess club, club member, country club, frat, fraternity, glee club, golf club, hunt, hunt club, investors club, jockey club, racket club, rowing club, secret society, service club, slate club, sorority, turnverein, yacht club

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