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[ahy-steth-vod, ey-steth-]
noun, plural eis·tedd·fods, eis·tedd·fod·au [ey-steth-vod-ahy, ahy-steth-] /ˌeɪ stɛðˈvɒd aɪ, ˌaɪ stɛð-/.
  1. (in Wales) an annual festival, with competitions among poets and musicians.
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Origin of eisteddfod

1815–25; < Welsh: literally, session, equivalent to eistedd sitting + fod, variant (by lenition) of bod being
Related formseis·tedd·fod·ic, adjective
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Examples from the Web for eisteddfod

Historical Examples

  • I suppose by graduate bard you mean one who has gained the chair at an eisteddfod?

    Wild Wales

    George Borrow

  • Then don't you remember the girl who played a solo for Templeton at the Eisteddfod?

  • Finally, eight other preachers from the eisteddfod came and announced to the Elder their intention.

  • The Eisteddfod found in him a thorough friend and a wise counsellor.

  • It does not matter much whether you can bring yourself to believe in the Eisteddfod or not.

    Res Judicat

    Augustine Birrell

British Dictionary definitions for eisteddfod


noun plural -fods or -fodau (Welsh aɪˌstɛðˈvɒdaɪ)
  1. 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
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Derived Formseisteddfodic, 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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