Search Result for "guild":
1. a formal association of people with similar interests;
- Example: "he joined a golf club"
- Example: "they formed a small lunch society"
- Example: "men from the fraternal order will staff the soup kitchen today"
[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. [1913 Webster] 2. A guildhall. [Obs.] --Spenser. [1913 Webster] 3. A religious association or society, organized for charitable purposes or for assistance in parish work. [1913 Webster]WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
guild 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).