Definition of guildhall in US English:



  • 1A building used as the meeting place of a guild or corporation.

    • ‘In 1359 Orcagna signed a large and elaborate tabernacle for the chapel of the Florentine guildhall, Or San Michele.’
    • ‘As they entered the guildhall, he saw the guild master standing over the altar and turning the pages of an old, dusty book very quickly.’
    • ‘He heard the door of the guildhall slam open, and a crowd emerged.’
    • ‘The Company of Merchant Adventurers has approved a conservation plan for its Grade I-listed guildhall in Fossgate, one of the oldest surviving complete medieval guildhalls in Britain.’
    • ‘Another guildhall, the Wool Hall, built for St Mary's Guild, is incorporated in the Swan Hotel.’
    • ‘By the Middle Ages, no cathedral, guildhall or town hall was complete without a virtual battalion of these charmingly grotesque little guys.’
    • ‘The richer they became, the more the inhabitants of the Baltic capitals spent on their houses, churches, and guildhalls.’
    • ‘He ran down the alleyways and before long had returned to the guildhall.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘From 1709 until the early nineteenth century the Goldsmiths' Company had their guildhall in Werburgh Street, close to Dublin Castle.’
    • ‘His rise to prominence as alderman of Billingsgate ward and of the German guildhall in London is a story worth telling, and the author does an admirable job of weaving together its various strands.’
    • ‘It proves valuable again at Campo San Rocco, Venice's loveliest small square, where we are introduced to the magnificent Scuola Grande guildhall, festooned with Tintorettos.’
    • ‘The city boundaries at the height of the pre-Reformation period contained 40 churches, 9 chapels, 4 monasteries, 4 friaries, 16 hospitals, and 9 guildhalls for the various trades.’
    • ‘The doors of the guildhall opened and Jengo paced his way down the stairs and down the hall.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was modest in size, with perhaps 40 pupils taught by one master, assisted by an usher, in the room above the guildhall, both of which survive and are still used by the school.’
    • ‘In a typical passage, the German guildhall is described as a place where one might find ‘efficiency, competent information and logical ways forward.’’
    • ‘The festival also will be celebrating ‘a fair sprinkling of Yorkshire's finest architectural gems’, both in its range of concert venues in the medieval churches, guildhalls and historic houses of York and in additional events.’
    • ‘The festival first began in 1977 in York - a city naturally associated with early music due to its many surviving churches and guildhalls.’
    • ‘And if that gives you a bit of bug, you can head to Fossgate and Europe's finest medieval guildhall.’
    1. 1.1British A town hall.
      • ‘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.’
      assembly hall, assembly room, meeting room, large public room, chamber
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    2. 1.2 The hall of the Corporation of the City of London, used for ceremonial occasions.
      • ‘As the Tory leader delivered his stump speech from the steps of the Guildhall, a police officer filmed the crowd.’
      • ‘After that she is guest of honour at a lunch at the Guildhall hosted by the Lord Mayor of London.’
      • ‘The plans involve rebuilding large parts of the town between the railway station and the Guildhall.’
      • ‘Water might also pour into the Broadway, along with the city council HQ and The Guildhall.’
      • ‘However, readers may be shocked to learn that the latest idea is for a house and pub in the Guildhall!’
      • ‘Ms Wade had been scheduled to attend the 50th Women of the Year Lunch at the Guildhall in London.’
      • ‘Yesterday's ceremony at the Guildhall was a chance to do just that.’
      • ‘The issue will be discussed at a meeting of the executive member for planning and transport at the Guildhall, this evening.’
      • ‘To cope with anything that happens out of hours we have a major incident team of senior officers who can get to the Guildhall within half an hour at any time.’
      • ‘The picketing was a great success with hundreds of members in the Guildhall and County Hall refusing to cross.’
      • ‘The award ceremony will take place in the Great Hall of the Guildhall, London, on May 23.’
      • ‘Yesterday, a series of cookery challenges took place in the festival's food theatre in the Guildhall.’
      • ‘Stuffed with lunch we pottered back castle-ward and to The Guildhall, the soon to be venue of a certain wedding.’
      • ‘Training at the Guildhall in London, he became one of the rootless types he has ended up playing.’
      • ‘They then took a tour of the Guildhall where they had lunch and chatted with city business people from similar backgrounds to their own.’
      • ‘The draws for the state lottery look place in the Guildhall in London before a noisy and enthusiastic crowd.’
      • ‘The city fathers and mothers in the Guildhall must now be much more clued into what this city is all about.’
      • ‘She got herself a prime spot at the front of well-wishers outside the Guildhall and had a ticket into the grounds of Windsor Castle.’
      • ‘Twenty years ago tonight, York City Council met in the Guildhall.’
      • ‘The councillor faced the prospect of racing across the city from the Guildhall to York Hospital's maternity ward.’