ei·​stedd·​fod | \ ī-ˈstet͟h-ˌvȯd How to pronounce eisteddfod (audio) , ā- \
plural eisteddfods\ ī-​ˈstet͟h-​ˌvȯdz How to pronounce eisteddfod (audio) , ā-​ \ or eisteddfodau\ ī-​ˌstet͟h-​ˈvȯ-​ˌdī How to pronounce eisteddfod (audio) , ā-​ \

Definition of eisteddfod

: a usually Welsh competitive festival of the arts especially in poetry and singing

Other Words from eisteddfod

eisteddfodic \ ˌī-​ˌstet͟h-​ˈvȯ-​dik How to pronounce eisteddfod (audio) , 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.

First Known Use of eisteddfod

1822, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for eisteddfod

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

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“Eisteddfod.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eisteddfod. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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