What does Guild mean?

Definitions for Guild

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Guild.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. club, social club, society, guild, gild, lodge, ordernoun

    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"


  1. guildnoun

    A group of tradespeople made up of merchants, craftspeople, or artisans, particularly in the Middle Ages

  2. Etymology: From gilde, from gildi

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. GUILDnoun

    A society; a corporation; a fraternity or company, combined together by orders and laws made among themselves by their prince’s licence. Hence the common word gild or guildhall proceeds, being a fraternity or commonalty of men gathered into one combination, supporting their common charge by mutual contribution. John Cowell

    Etymology: gildscip, Saxon, a fellowship, a corporation.

    Towards three or four o’clock
    Look for the news that the guild hall affords. William Shakespeare, R. III.

    In woollen cloth it appears, by those ancient guilds that were settled in England for this manufacture, that this kingdom greatly flourished in that art. Matthew Hale, Origin of Mankind.

    As when the long-ear’d milky mothers wait
    At some sick miser’s triple-bolted gate,
    For their defrauded absent foals they make
    A moan so loud, that all the guild awake. Alexander Pope, Dunciad.


  1. Guild

    A guild ( GILD) is an association of artisans and merchants who oversee the practice of their craft/trade in a particular territory. The earliest types of guild formed as organizations of tradespeople belonging to a professional association. They sometimes depended on grants of letters patent from a monarch or other ruler to enforce the flow of trade to their self-employed members, and to retain ownership of tools and the supply of materials, but most were regulated by the city government. Guild members found guilty of cheating the public would be fined or banned from the guild. A lasting legacy of traditional guilds are the guildhalls constructed and used as guild meeting-places. Typically the key "privilege" was that only guild members were allowed to sell their goods or practice their skill within the city. There might be controls on minimum or maximum prices, hours of trading, numbers of apprentices, and many other things. Critics argued that these rules reduced free competition, but defenders maintained that they protected professional standards. An important result of the guild framework was the emergence of universities at Bologna (established in 1088), Oxford (at least since 1096) and Paris (c. 1150); they originated as guilds of students (as at Bologna) or of masters (as at Paris).


  1. guild

    A guild is an association of individuals sharing the same profession or craft, typically formed to protect and promote their mutual interests. These members join together for mutual aid, protection, and the betterment of their craft or trade. Historically, guilds were powerful organizations that controlled many aspects of trade during the Middle Ages and Renaissance periods. Today, the term is often used in gaming to denote teams or alliances of players.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Guildverb

    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. Guildverb

    a guildhall

  3. Guildverb

    a religious association or society, organized for charitable purposes or for assistance in parish work

  4. Etymology: [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. Guild

    A guild is an association of artisans or merchants who control the practice of their craft in a particular town. The earliest types of guild were formed as confraternities of workers. They were organized in a manner something between a trade union, a cartel, and a secret society. They often depended on grants of letters patent by a monarch or other authority to enforce the flow of trade to their self-employed members, and to retain ownership of tools and the supply of materials. A lasting legacy of traditional guilds are the guildhalls constructed and used as meeting places. An important result of the guild framework was the emergence of universities at Bologna, Paris, and Oxford around the year 1200; they originated as guilds of students as at Bologna, or of masters as at Paris.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Guild

    Gild, gild, n. an association of men for mutual aid: a corporation: (orig.) an association in a town where payment was made for mutual support and protection.—ns. Guild′-broth′er, a fellow-member of a guild; Guild′hall, the hall of a guild, esp. in London; Guild′ry (Scot.), a guild, the members of such. [A.S. gild, money—gildan, to pay.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. GUILD

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Guild is ranked #11250 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Guild surname appeared 2,810 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Guild.

    88.8% or 2,496 total occurrences were White.
    4.4% or 124 total occurrences were Black.
    2.9% or 82 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.9% or 55 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.3% or 37 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.5% or 16 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Guild' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4673

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Guild' in Nouns Frequency: #2987

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Guild in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Guild in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of Guild in a Sentence

  1. Gil Robertson:

    I wish I could tell you (why African Americans were not nominated), especially when they have been recognized by other groups around in the community, and one would think that they would have also received equal recognition from the Academy. Especially when you consider there is a lot of overlap in membership with the professional guild, many of those individuals are also members of the Academy.

  2. Rhonda Shear:

    I showed up on Friday, which is tape day, i showed up to my dressing room and my name was n’t on the door. It was someone else’s name. I was walking around and everyone was kind of avoiding me. And finally, someone said, ‘ Well, when you were n’t here for dress rehearsal, Rhonda Shear kisses Henry Winkler flipped out and Rhonda Shear kisses Henry Winkler took the girl that was standing in for you, made her a Screen Actors Guild member immediately and hired her. ’ I was shocked … [ That person ] said, ‘ He’s the star. He has the power.' I was mortified. I was crying.

  3. Steven Spielberg:

    She got a SAG [ Screen Actors Guild ] card because of it.

  4. Joseph Welch:

    Senator, may we not drop this? We know he belonged to the Lawyer's Guild.

  5. James Conigliaro Jr.:

    Forming this Guild is crucial for thousands of drivers who need a stronger voice and gives organized labor an opportunity to shape the new economy in a way that supports and values workers and their families.

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