eisteddfod [ahy- ste-vod, ey- th ste-] th EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun, plural eis·tedd·fods, eis·tedd·fod·au . [ey-ste th- vod-ahy, ahy-ste th-] /ˌeɪ stɛðˈvɒd aɪ, ˌaɪ stɛð-/ (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 Related forms eis·tedd·fod·ic, adjective
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Examples from the Web for eisteddfod Historical Examples of eisteddfod British Dictionary definitions for eisteddfod noun plural -fods or -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 for eisteddfod
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 n.
"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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