1. A small flag or streamer, as that carried by cavalry, which is broad at one end and nearly pointed at the other, or that used to direct the movements of a body of infantry, or to make signals at sea; also, the flag of a guild or fraternity. In the United States service, each company of cavalry has a guidon.

The pendants and guidons were carried by the officer of the army.

2. One who carries a flag. Johnson.

3. One of a community established at Rome, by Charlemagne, to guide pilgrims to the Holy Land.

(Guige) n. [Obs.] See Gige.

(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.

2. A guildhall. [Obs.] Spenser.

3. A religious association or society, organized for charitable purposes or for assistance in parish work.

(Guild"a*ble) a. Liable to a tax. [Obs.]

(Guil"der) n. [D. gulden, orig., golden. Cf. Golden.] A Dutch silver coin worth about forty cents; — called also florin and gulden.

(Guild"hall`) n. The hall where a guild or corporation usually assembles; a townhall.

(Guile) n. [OE. guile, gile, OF. guile; of German origin, and the same word as E. wile. See Wile.] Craft; deceitful cunning; artifice; duplicity; wile; deceit; treachery.

Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile.
John i. 47.

To wage by force or guile eternal war.

(Guile), v. t. [OF. guiler. See Guile, n.] To disguise or conceal; to deceive or delude. [Obs.] Spenser.

(Guile"ful) a. Full of guile; characterized by cunning, deceit, or treachery; guilty.Guile"ful*ly, adv.Guile"ful*ness, n.

(Guile"less), a. Free from guile; artless.Guile"less*ly, adv. Guile"less*ness, n.

(Guil"er) n. [Cf. OF. guileor.] A deceiver; one who deludes, or uses guile. [Obs.] Spenser.

(||Guil"le*met`) n. [F.] A quotation mark. [R.]

(Guil"le*mot`) n. [F.] (Zoöl.) One of several northern sea birds, allied to the auks. They have short legs, placed far back, and are expert divers and swimmers.

The common guillemots, or murres, belong to the genus Uria (as U. troile); the black or foolish guillemot is called also sea pigeon and eligny. See Murre.

(Guil`le*vat") n. [F. guilloire (fr. guiller to work, ferment) + E. vat.] A vat for fermenting liquors.

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