Definition of guildhall in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡildˌhôl/


1A building used as the meeting place of a guild or corporation.
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  • Ghent is much more of a living city, bustling and noisy, its waterways lined with fine merchants' houses, guildhalls and churches built through medieval wool wealth and later prosperity from grain trading.
  • The richer they became, the more the inhabitants of the Baltic capitals spent on their houses, churches, and guildhalls.
  • Look hard enough, and behind the snickets, gates and timbered houses you'll find a wealth of medieval guildhalls, Georgian town houses and National Trust properties.
1.1British A town hall.
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  • The move to use Windsor guildhall also met with problems when it emerged that, under the rules governing civil marriages, members of the public must be allowed to attend.
  • Four men were ‘elected’ - in fact, nominated by the mayor in open guildhall for community consent - to assess the fines on offenders.
1.2 (Guildhall) The hall of the Corporation of the City of London, used for ceremonial occasions.
Example sentences
  • The award ceremony will take place in the Great Hall of the Guildhall, London, on May 23.
  • The councillor faced the prospect of racing across the city from the Guildhall to York Hospital's maternity ward.
  • As the Tory leader delivered his stump speech from the steps of the Guildhall, a police officer filmed the crowd.
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