- 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.
guild definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle 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
guild definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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 diverse species, especially animal species, that occupy a common niche in a given community, characterized by exploitation of environmental resources in the same way.
Origin: Middle English gild, from Old Norse gildi, payment, guild.