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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. 2017.
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  • Tennyson's version of the legend is mainly taken from the mabinogion.

    The Cornwall Coast Arthur L. Salmon
  • A character mentioned in the mabinogion, goes by the name of Gwyddneu ab Llwydau.

    Y Gododin Aneurin
  • The veritable mabinogion undoubtedly contain Welsh-Celtic myth.

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

  • But a striking instance of rapid transition from one form to another is given in the mabinogion.

    Welsh Folk-Lore Elias Owen
  • The ancient religion is in that passage of the mabinogion about the making of ‘Flower Aspect.’

    Ideas of Good and Evil William Butler Yeats
  • He who would make such a version must choose out from Malory or The mabinogion, material that belongs in such a series.

    Literature in the Elementary School Porter Lander MacClintock
  • On account of this Goidelic element, it has been claimed that the personages of the mabinogion are purely Goidelic.

  • There is one argument in favour of the high antiquity in Wales of many of the mabinogion, which deserves to be mentioned here.

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

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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