from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An association of persons of the same trade or pursuits, formed to protect mutual interests and maintain standards.
- n. A similar association, as of merchants or artisans, in medieval times.
- n. Ecology A group of diverse species, especially animal species, that occupy a common niche in a given community, characterized by exploitation of environmental resources in the same way.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A group of tradespeople made up of merchants, craftspeople, or artisans, particularly in the Middle Ages
- n. A group of diverse species that share common characteristics or habits
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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. They were originally licensed by the government, and endowed with special privileges and authority.
- n. A guildhall.
- n. A religious association or society, organized for charitable purposes or for assistance in parish work.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- An obsolete spelling of gild.
- etc. See gild, etc.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a formal association of people with similar interests
Middle English gild, from Old Norse gildi, payment, guild.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English gilde, from Old Norse gildi ("payment, guild") (Wiktionary)