guilds

A medieval organisation of craftsmen. Each guild laid down rules for training and carrying out the craft.
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guilds

guilds or gilds,economic and social associations of persons engaging in the same business or craft, typical of Western Europe in the Middle Ages. Membership was by profession or craft, and the primary function was to establish local control over that profession or craft by setting standards of workm...
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