Guild Law and Legal Definition

A guild means :

  • an association of craftsmen in a particular trade formed to protect mutual interests and maintain standards;
  • a group of species that share a similar ecological niche by exploiting same resources in same way;
  • a group of trades people made up of merchants, craftspeople, or artisans, particularly in the middle Ages;
  • a society of a particular trade;
  • a group of individuals who associate for a common purpose;
  • a formal association of people with common interests.