- a form of meter in Welsh poetry consisting of rhyming couplets, each line having seven syllables: first used in the 14th century.
Origin of cywydd
1950–55; < Welsh; Old Welsh couid song, metrical composition; cognate with Old Irish cubaid harmonious, rhyming
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Examples from the Web for cywydd
Of the englyn, there are five kinds; of the cywydd, four; and of the awdl, fifteen.
Here the age of the cywydd and the awdl, as the chief forms of verse, ends.
Among the most famous of his works is a cywydd “begging for a fishing-net,” and another giving thanks for the same.
Each particular species of englyn, cywydd, and awdl has its appropriate name, which it is needless to give here.
Al. “Cywydd,” his song; though this word derived from cy and gwydd, may likewise have the same meaning as the former.Y Gododin