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Mabinogion, The

[mab-uh-noh-gee-uh n] /ˌmæb əˈnoʊ gi ən/
a collection of medieval Welsh romances that were translated (1838–49) by Lady Charlotte Guest. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • A character mentioned in the mabinogion, goes by the name of Gwyddneu ab Llwydau.

    Y Gododin Aneurin
  • Tennyson's version of the legend is mainly taken from the mabinogion.

    The Cornwall Coast Arthur L. Salmon
  • The veritable mabinogion undoubtedly contain Welsh-Celtic myth.

  • Welsh writers now assume an Irish origin for much of the contents of the mabinogion.

  • The ancient religion is in that passage of the mabinogion about the making of ‘Flower Aspect.’

    Ideas of Good and Evil William Butler Yeats
  • But a striking instance of rapid transition from one form to another is given in the mabinogion.

    Welsh Folk-Lore Elias Owen
  • Dwarfs supernatural in character also appear in the mabinogion, and one of them is an attendant on King Arthur.

  • On account of this Goidelic element, it has been claimed that the personages of the mabinogion are purely Goidelic.

  • But with the growing importance of these, they attracted to their legend the folk of the mabinogion and other tales.

  • The mabinogion, however, though thus early recorded in the Welsh tongue, are in their existing form by no means wholly Welsh.

    The Mabinogion Lady Charlotte Guest
British Dictionary definitions for mabinogion


the Mabinogion, a collection of Welsh tales based on old Celtic legends and mythology in which magic and the supernatural play a large part
Word Origin
from Welsh mabinogi instruction for young bards
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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