1. [syn: club, social club, society, guild, gild, lodge, order]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Guild \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.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: 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" [syn: club, social club, society, guild,
gild, lodge, order]
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
GUILD. A fraternity or company. Guild hall, the place of meeting of guilds.
Beame's, Glanville, 108 (n).