Definition of eisteddfod noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//aɪˈsteðvɒd//
; NAmE NAmE//aɪˈsteðvɑːd//
(Welsh English)
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a type of festival, held in Wales, in which there are singing, music and poetry competitions Word OriginWelsh, literally ‘session’, from eistedd ‘sit’. Culture The biggest of the eisteddfods is the Royal National Eisteddfod of Wales. Eisteddfods started in the 12th century. The word eisteddfod means 'chairing', from the custom of putting the winning bard in a special chair. compare Llangollen