guild


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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 kindred pursuits, formed for mutual aid and
      protection; a business fraternity or corporation; as, the
      Stationers' Guild; the Ironmongers' Guild. They were
      originally licensed by the government, and endowed with
      special privileges and authority.
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   2. A guildhall. [Obs.] --Spenser.
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   3. A religious association or society, organized for
      charitable purposes or for assistance in parish work.
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