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[ahy-steth -vod, ey-steth -] /aɪˈstɛð vɒd, eɪˈstɛð-/
noun, plural eisteddfods, eisteddfodau
[ey-steth-vod-ahy, ahy-steth-] /ˌeɪ stɛðˈvɒd aɪ, ˌaɪ stɛð-/ (Show IPA)
(in Wales) an annual festival, with competitions among poets and musicians.
Origin of eisteddfod
1815-25; < Welsh: literally, session, equivalent to eistedd sitting + fod, variant (by lenition) of bod being
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eisteddfodic, adjective Unabridged
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/aɪˈstɛdfəd; Welsh aɪˈstɛðvɔd/
noun (pl) -fods, -fodau (Welsh) (aɪˌstɛðˈvɒdaɪ)
any of a number of annual festivals in Wales, esp the Royal National Eisteddfod, in which competitions are held in music, poetry, drama, and the fine arts
Derived Forms
eisteddfodic, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from Welsh, literally: session, from eistedd to sit (from sedd seat) + -fod, from bod to be
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Word Origin and History for eisteddfod



"annual assembly of Welsh bards," 1822, from Welsh, literally "session," from eistedd "to sit" (from sedd "seat," cognate with Latin sedere; see sedentary) + bod "to be" (cognate with Old English beon; see be).

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