Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    Same as Geld; also one of the many English mutual benefit societies.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    In Saxon law. A tax or tribute. Spelman. A fine, mulct, or amerciament; a satisfaction or compensation for an injury. A fraternity, society, or company of persens combined together, under certain regulations, and with the king's license, and so called because its expenses were defrayed by the contributions (geld, gild) of its members. Spelman. In other words, a corporation; called, In Latin, "societas," "collegium," "fratria," "fraternitas," "sodalitium," "adu-natio;" and, in foreign law, "gildonia." Spelman. There were various kinds of these gilds, as merchant or commercial gilds, religious gilds, and others. 3 Turn. Anglo Sax. 98; 3 Steph. Comm. 173, note u. See Gilda Mercatoria. A friborg, or deconnary; called, by the Saxons, "gyldscipes," and its members, "gil-dones" and "congildones." Spelman.