plural cynganeddion
: a strict intricate system of alliteration and rhyme used in Welsh poetry
the knowledge of cynghanedd is shared by farm laborer and village craftsman as well as the schoolmaster and parsonWyn Griffith
: alliteration or alliteration and rhyme in any of the four patterns of cynghanedd
one rule is common to all the "24 measures": there must be cynghanedd in every lineA. S. D. Smith

Word History


Welsh, from cym- com- (from Old Welsh com-) + canu to sing + -edd (noun suffix); akin to Latin com- and to Latin canere to sing

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“Cynghanedd.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

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