noun \ī-ˈsteth-ˌvd, ā-\
plural ei·stedd·fods\-ˌvdz\ or ei·stedd·fod·au\-ˌsteth-ˈv-ˌdī\

Definition of EISTEDDFOD

:  a usually Welsh competitive festival of the arts especially in poetry and singing
ei·stedd·fod·ic \ˌī-ˌsteth-ˈv-dik, ˌā-\ adjective


Welsh, literally, session, from eistedd to sit + bod being
First Known Use: 1822

Other Fine Arts Terms

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Rhymes with EISTEDDFOD


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Formal assembly of Welsh bards and minstrels that originated in the traditions of medieval court bards. Early eisteddfods were competitions of musicians (especially harpists) and poets from which new musical, literary, and oratorical forms emerged. The assembly at Carmarthen in 1451 authoritatively established the arrangement of the strict metres of Welsh poetry. The modern annual National Eisteddfod, revived in the 19th century, includes awards for music, prose, drama, and art, but the investiture of the winning poet remains its high point.


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