[ahy-steth -vod, ey-steth -] /aɪˈstɛð vɒd, eɪˈstɛð-/

noun, plural eisteddfods, eisteddfodau
[ey-steth-vod-ahy, ahy-steth-] /ˌeɪ stɛðˈvɒd aɪ, ˌaɪ stɛð-/ (Show IPA)
(in Wales) an annual festival, with competitions among poets and musicians.
/aɪˈstɛdfəd; Welsh aɪˈstɛðvɔd/
noun (pl) -fods, -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

“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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