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 for 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.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. A guildhall. [Obs.] --Spenser.
        [1913 Webster]
     3. A religious association or society, organized for
        charitable purposes or for assistance in parish work.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a formal association of people with similar interests; "he
           joined a golf club"; "they formed a small lunch society";
           "men from the fraternal order will staff the soup kitchen
           today" [syn: club, social club, society, guild,
           gild, lodge, order]

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  GUILD. A fraternity or company. Guild hall, the place of meeting of guilds. 
  Beame's, Glanville, 108 (n). 

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