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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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|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.
The church has two or three “guilds,” the female members thereof numbering about 200, and the males 100.
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