Organizations of artisans in the Middle Ages that sought to regulate the price and quality of products such as weaving and ironwork. Guilds survived into the eighteenth century.
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How to use guilds in a sentence
They operate in a realm largely untouched by legislation, unions, and guilds.Amazon’s Turkers Kick Off the First Crowdsourced Labor Guild | Kevin Zawacki | December 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Associated in corporations which limited their number, they were still further united into guilds by the Church.Catherine de' Medici | Honore de Balzac
One of the finest sights in the church is that which the guilds of the place periodically make.Our Churches and Chapels | Atticus
The church has two or three “guilds,” the female members thereof numbering about 200, and the males 100.Our Churches and Chapels | Atticus
Cordwainer was the old name for "shoemaker," and is still kept in the names of shoemakers' guilds and societies.Stories That Words Tell Us | Elizabeth O'Neill
Beginning with the first of these two traditions, we find that guilds of working masons existed in very ancient times.Secret Societies And Subversive Movements | Nesta H. Webster