Another word for a club, group, or society is guild, meaning a group of people who have joined together in pursuit of a common interest. Many fraternal and theatrical organizations still maintain buildings called guild halls for meetings and activities.

The earliest guilds were for religious purposes as burial societies and offering financial support. In the later Middle Ages, they became organizations to support various trades and crafts. As the forerunners of modern unions, they provided support for their members and were charged with assuring quality in each member's products. The word guild comes originally from the Scandinavian, with roots that mean "payment of tribute," similar to the German gelt ("money"), possibly to reflect the dues paid by members.

Definitions of guild

n a formal association of people with similar interests

club, gild, lodge, order, social club, society
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athenaeum, atheneum
a literary or scientific association for the promotion of learning
a club that people join in order to buy selected books at reduced prices
a local branch of some fraternity or association
chess club
a club of people to play chess
country club
a suburban club for recreation and socializing
frat, fraternity
a social club for male undergraduates
glee club
a club organized to sing together
golf club
a club of people to play golf
hunt, hunt club
an association of huntsmen who hunt for sport
investors club
a club of small investors who buy and sell securities jointly
jockey club
a club to promote and regulate horse racing
racket club
club for players of racket sports
rowing club
a club for rowers
slate club
a group of people who save money in a common fund for a specific purpose (usually distributed at Christmas)
a social club for female undergraduates
a club of tumblers or gymnasts
boat club, yacht club
club that promotes and supports yachting and boating
service club
a club of professional or business people organized for their coordination and active in public services
tennis club
a club of people to play tennis
International Association of Lions clubs, Lions Club
club dedicated to promoting responsible citizenship and good government and community and national and international welfare
Rotary Club, Rotary International
a group of businessmen in a town organized as a service club and to promote world peace
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a formal organization of people or groups of people

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