Origin of guild
Examples from the Web for guild
Inside the guild, men in caps and long gowns sit in twos, weaving together in small rooms.The Photographer Who Gave Up Manhattan for Marrakech|Liza Foreman|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Online he was a guild leader, delivering rousing speeches to fellow gamers.The U.S. Veteran and Wisconsin Boy Who Went to Fight ISIS in Syria|Jacob Siegel|October 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Bad as that deal was, it was better than the alternative: a 23 percent wage cut for all Guild employees to begin next week.
In many towns no one was allowed to work at a trade or sell merchandise who was not a member of a guild.Introductory American History|Henry Eldridge Bourne
Notwithstanding this preliminary disturbance, the Old Girls' Guild was started with thirty-five members on the roll.The Luckiest Girl in the School|Angela Brazil
Nobody was allowed to get ahead of the others under pain of being excluded from the guild.The Conquest of Bread|Peter Kropotkin
All your culinary fancies will be well known to the council of the guild, and they will pick out a man up to your standard.The Inhabitants of the Philippines|Frederic H. Sawyer
There was no guild of embroiderers in England that we know of till that incorporated in the reign of Elizabeth.Needlework As Art|Marian Alford
British Dictionary definitions for guild
Word Origin for guild
Word Origin and History for guild
early 13c., yilde (spelling later influenced by Old Norse gildi "guild, brotherhood"), a semantic fusion of Old English gegyld "guild" and gild, gyld "payment, tribute, compensation," from Proto-Germanic *gelth- "pay" (cf. Old Frisian geld "money," Old Saxon geld "payment, sacrifice, reward," Old High German gelt "payment, tribute;" see yield (v.)).
The connecting sense is of a tribute or payment to join a protective or trade society. But some see the root in its alternative sense of "sacrifice," as if in worship, and see the word as meaning a combination for religious purposes, either Christian or pagan. The Anglo-Saxon guilds had a strong religious component; they were burial societies that paid for masses for the souls of deceased members as well as paying fines in cases of justified crime. The continental custom of guilds of merchants arrived after the Conquest, with incorporated societies of merchants in each town or city holding exclusive rights of doing business there. In many cases they became the governing body of a town (cf. Guildhall, which came to be the London city hall). Trade guilds arose 14c., as craftsmen united to protect their common interest.