eisteddfod

noun ei·stedd·fod \ ī-ˈstet͟h-ˌvȯd , ā- \

Definition of eisteddfod

plural eisteddfods play \ī-ˈstet͟h-ˌvȯdz, ā-\ or eisteddfodau play \ī-ˌstet͟h-ˈvȯ-ˌdī, ā-\
: a usually Welsh competitive festival of the arts especially in poetry and singing

eisteddfodic

play \ˌī-ˌstet͟h-ˈvȯ-dik, ˌā-\ adjective

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In Medieval times, Welsh bards and minstrels would assemble together for an eisteddfod (the Welsh word for "session") of poetry and music competition. Over time, participation and interest in these competitions lessened, and by the 17th century an eisteddfod was far from the courtly affair it once was. The competition was revived in the 19th century as a way to showcase Wales's artistic culture. It was also in that century that an official council was formed to organize the annual National Eisteddfod of Wales, an event still held each summer alternately in North or South Wales. There are awards for music, prose, drama, and art, but the one for poetry remains the eisteddfod's pinnacle.

Origin and Etymology of eisteddfod

Welsh, literally, session, from eistedd to sit + bod being

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