- The definition of a guild is a formal group that has a common interest, or a group of craftsman or merchants with mutual interests and standards.
A group of teachers who have all come together to fight for the shared goal of greater compensation and other employment benefits is an example of a teacher's guild.
- in medieval times, a union of men in the same craft or trade to uphold standards and protect the members
- any association for mutual aid and the promotion of common interests
Origin of guildMiddle English gild, blend of Old Norse gildi, guild, guild-feast and amp; Old English gyld, association (of paying members), akin to Old High German gelt, Old Frisian ield, all ; from base seen in Old English gieldan, to pay: see yield
- a. An association of persons of the same trade or pursuits, formed to protect mutual interests and maintain standards.b. A similar association, as of merchants or artisans, in medieval times.
- Ecology A group of species in a community that use similar environmental resources in a similar way, such as a group of songbirds that all glean insects from leaves.
Origin of guildMiddle English gild, from Old Norse gildi, payment, guild.
From Middle English gilde, from Old Norse gildi (“payment, guild”)