guild

guild
A voluntary association of persons, pursuing the same trade, art, profession or business, such as printers, goldsmiths, artists, wool merchants, etc., united under a distinct organization of their own, analogous to that of a corporation, regulating the affairs of their trade or business by their own laws and rules, and aiming, by cooperation and organization, to protect and promote the interests of their common vocation. Goodman v. Federal Trade Commission, C.A.9, 244 F.2d 584, 594.
In medieval history these fraternities or guilds played an important part in the government of some states; as at Florence, in the thirteenth and following centuries, where they chose the council of government of the city. The word is said to be derived from the Anglo-Saxon "gild" or "geld," a tax or tribute, because each member of the society was required to pay a tax towards its support

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  • guild — guild; guild·hall; guild·ite; guild·ry; guild·ship; …   English syllables

  • 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • guild — [gıld] n [Date: 1300 1400; : Old Norse; Origin: gildi payment, guild ] an organization of people who do the same job or have the same interests ▪ the Women s Guild …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • guild — early 13c., yilde (spelling later influenced by O.N. gildi guild, brotherhood ), a semantic fusion of O.E. gegyld guild and gild, gyld payment, tribute, compensation, from P.Gmc. *gelth pay (Cf. O.Fris. geld money, O.S. geld payment, sacrifice,… …   Etymology dictionary

  • guild — [gild] n. [ME gild, blend of ON gildi, guild, guild feast & OE gyld, association (of paying members), akin to OHG gelt, OFris ield, all < base seen in OE gieldan, to pay: see YIELD] 1. in medieval times, a union of men in the same craft or… …   English World dictionary

  • guild — index association (alliance), company (enterprise), confederacy (compact), cooperative, institute …   Law dictionary

  • Guild — Guild, Theatre …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • guild — [ gıld ] noun count an organization of people who all have the same job, goals, or interests …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • guild — see gild …   Modern English usage

  • guild — [n] association, fellowship club, company, corporation, federation, group, interest group, league, lodge, order, organization, profession, society, sodality, trade, union; concepts 381,387 …   New thesaurus

  • guild — ► NOUN 1) a medieval association of craftsmen or merchants. 2) an association of people for a common purpose. ORIGIN Old English, related to YIELD(Cf. ↑yielder) …   English terms dictionary

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