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What is the difference between a guild and a lodge?

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What is the difference between a guild and a lodge?

The context to this question is pretty much Freemasonry terminology but please feel free to answer with a general English context.

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A guild is normally a craft or trade organization. "Lodge" has many meanings, but the relevant one is a local branch or meeting place of a fraternal organization.

The situation with Freemasonry may be confusing because the Freemasons grew out of the guilds of stonemasons. Today they call their local organizations lodges, and some other fraternal organizations do the same.

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Thanks, but do freemasons still use the term "guilds" anywhere today? (2 comments)

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