• WordNet 3.6
    • n guild 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"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Guild A guildhall.
    • Guild A religious association or society, organized for charitable purposes or for assistance in parish work.
    • Guild 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • guild An obsolete spelling of gild.
    • guild etc. See gild, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Guild gild an association of men for mutual aid: a corporation:
    • n Guild gild (orig.) an association in a town where payment was made for mutual support and protection
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. gild, money—gildan, to pay.


In literature:

Is there in existence one great work of any sort which owes nothing to the historic guild which does that sort of work?
"Modern American Prose Selections" by Various
The guild is to be warned by a circular letter.
"The Yotsuya Kwaidan or O'Iwa Inari" by James S. De Benneville
I mean, buildings for the meetings of guilds of trades.
"A Joy For Ever" by John Ruskin
DR. J. H. GUILD; Rupert, Vt.
"The Handy Cyclopedia of Things Worth Knowing" by Joseph Triemens
Sawyer, Dorothy C., c/o Living Tree Guild, 468 4th Ave., New York.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Twenty-Fourth Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
It's a guild as old, and a deal more honorable, than the beggar's.
"The Coast of Chance" by Esther Chamberlain
Those journeymen, whose condition was fixed from their being outside the guild-organizations, usually had guilds of their own.
"German Culture Past and Present" by Ernest Belfort Bax
I do not belong and I never have belonged to any of the societies or guilds which you mention.
"Letters to His Friends" by Forbes Robinson
In Germany, the mantle of the Minnesingers fell upon the guilds of musical amateurs in the growing commercial cities.
"Woman's Work in Music" by Arthur Elson
He was a member of the guild of bead-makers.
"The Story of Glass" by Sara Ware Bassett
That hit about the Camp-fire Guild seemed specially to floor them.
"For the Sake of the School" by Angela Brazil
The first grade is general in its character, and forms an association called the Women's Guild.
"Deaconesses in Europe" by Jane M. Bancroft
I was proud to have an uncle who was a merchant of the First Guild, but it was very expensive for my uncle.
"The Promised Land" by Mary Antin
Out of these young artisans Manasseh set about forming a guild for the better working of the Toroczko mines.
"Manasseh" by Maurus Jokai
Men banded together in guilds and parishes long before Local Government Acts were dreamed of.
"A Short History of England" by G. K. Chesterton
The Guild is especially interested in introducing and popularizing new horticultural developments.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Twenty-Fifth Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
Graduation was originally admission into the guild of masters, and the chief privilege attached to it was the right to teach.
"Life in the Medieval University" by Robert S. Rait
I played the harmonium for the choir practice, and kept the books for the Guilds and Societies.
"Tom and Some Other Girls" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
The Dutch settled matters in a more practical way, long ago, by founding guilds, or syndicates of boatmen.
"The Conquest of Bread" by Peter Kropotkin
This was Master Csihos, known by the token over his shop as a member of the honourable guild of tailors.
"The Day of Wrath" by Maurus Jókai

In poetry:

You brethren of the light-heart guild,
The mystic fellowcraft of joy,
Who tarry for the news of truth,
And listen for some vast ahoy
"A Seamark" by Bliss William Carman
I love to watch my seven cows
In meads of buttercups abrowse,
With guilded knees;
But even more I love to see
Them chew the cud so tranquilly
In twilight ease.
"Cows" by Robert W Service
Summer secrets here they be
Tangled deepest: Shy of view,
The woodman lorn holds, beast and bird, with you
The wild unwritten by-law, large and lax,—
Guild of the forest free.
Down in the sounding wood there goes his vehement axe.
"Song The Eigth" by Thomas Aird

In news:

Authors Guild Claims William Morris 'Off Target' on Google Settlement.
Guild Jr, 90: World traveler .
Walter A Guild Jr, 90, died of natural causes on Sept 8.
Guild was born in Milton, Mass.
The Flickinger Center Guild will host the 10th Annual Turquoise & Silver Tea at 2 PM on Sunday, October 21, 2012, at the Willie Estrada Memorial Civic Center, 1st and Florida in Alamogordo.
'The Help' cleans up at Screen Actors Guild Awards.
The Civil War saga "Lincoln," the musical "Les Miserables" and the comic drama "Silver Linings Playbook" boosted their Academy Awards prospects Wednesday with four nominations apiece for the Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Peace Lutheran Ladies Guild to host 25th Annual Bazaar.
Syracuse Ceramic Guild will hold its 32nd annual Pottery Fair at Stone Quarry Hill Art Park from 10 am to 5 pm Saturday and 10 am to 4 pm Sunday.
0 Philip Seymour Hoffman, above, was nominated for best supporting actor by the Screen Actors Guild.
Screen Actors Guild nominations Wednesday was.
0 Anne Hathaway playing Fantine, a struggling, sickly mother, in Tom Hooper's adaptation of "Les Miserables," was one of five actresses nominated in the supporting actress category by the Screen Actors Guild.
Before she leaves the United States for an extended period, Bellingham Circus Guild member Jennifer Perry, 32, decided she wanted to show off her skills one more time.
Pregnant Cougar Town actress Busy Philipps and Private Practice 's Taye Diggs revealed the nominees for the 19th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Dec 12 in Los Angeles.
Central students shine at launch of guild's anthology .

In science:

Smith, M. K., Wood, W. B., Adams, W. K., Wieman, C., Knight, J. K., Guild, N. and Su, T. T. (2009). Why peer discussion improves student performance on in-class concept questions.
Biological Concepts Instrument (BCI): A diagnostic tool for revealing student thinking
Nor can there be, on this assumptions, any associations, monopolies, unions or guilds that give a coalition of participants the power to change prices by their decisions.
Time and symmetry in models of economic markets
The various symbols (in colour online) indicate members of the Russell Group (+), the 1994 Group (×), the Million+ Group (N), the University Alliance (3), Guild HE (H), and unaffiliated universities (2).
Concentration versus dispersion of research resources: a contribution to the debate
Paleoecology of the large carnivore guild from the late Pleistocene of Argentina.
Studies on Relevance, Ranking and Results Display