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 (ā-stĕth′vŏd, ī-stĕth′-)
n. pl. eis·tedd·fods or eis·tedd·fod·au (ā′stĕth-vŏd′ī, ī′stĕth-)
An annual competitive festival of Welsh poets and musicians.

[Welsh : eistedd, sitting; see sed- in Indo-European roots + bod, to be; see bheuə- in Indo-European roots.]
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(aɪˈstɛdfəd; Welsh aɪˈstɛðvɔd)
n, pl -fods or -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
[C19: from Welsh, literally: session, from eistedd to sit (from sedd seat) + -fod, from bod to be]
ˌeisteddˈfodic adj
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(aɪˈstɛð vɒd, eɪˈstɛð-)

n., pl. eis•tedd•fods, eis•tedd•fod•au (ˌaɪ stɛðˈvɒd aɪ, ˌeɪ stɛð-)
an annual Welsh festival, with competitions among poets and musicians.
[1815–25; < Welsh: literally, session =eistedd sitting + fod, variant (by lenition) of bod being]
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 a company of druids; a congress of bards, 1822.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.eisteddfod - any of several annual Welsh festivals involving artistic competitions (especially in singing)
Royal National Eisteddfod - an eisteddfod with competitions in music and drama and poetry and the fine arts
festival, fete - an organized series of acts and performances (usually in one place); "a drama festival"
singing, vocalizing - the act of singing vocal music
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A LONG-serving official has been made a Cymrawd (Fellow) of the National Eisteddfod, the festival's highest award.
DISCUSSIONS are continuing over where the National Eisteddfod is to be staged this summer.
THE National Eisteddfod 2013 began in Denbigh yesterday, kicking off the week-long festivities for one of Europe's biggest cultural festivals.
THE National Eisteddfod was invited to Cardiff in 2008, and was held on Pontcanna Fields, close to the city centre.
| Members of the Surtal Sabiachar and Samaj Bhalai Club, Punjab India Group pictured competing on stage during the Adult Folk Dance Groups Competition at the International Eisteddfod in Llangollen in 2011 | Pendik folk dance group from Turkey at the Eisteddfod | W S Gwynne Williams, Llangollen International Eisteddfod musical director 1947-77, with Princess Anne | Harold Tudor, the founder of the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod, with his wife Marjorie | A Bulgarian choir at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod | Jung Je Man dancers from Korea attend the 1999 Eisteddfod | Not all the competitors came from distant parts.
MAE Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Cymru yn dychwelyd i'r brifddinas, ddeng mlynedd ers yr ymweliad diwethaf, ond eleni bydd mwy o liw, mwy o urddo a hyd yn oed mwy o groeso nag arfer.
HOLLYWOOD actors Matthew Rhys and Nia Roberts yesterday spoke of the effect the National Eisteddfod had on their careers.
18,000 visitors went through the gate on the first day of this year's Eisteddfod.
CRACKS are beginning to appear in the plan to hold the Urdd Eisteddfod in Cardiff every four years.
Addressing the National Eisteddfod Council the president of the Eisteddfod Court, Eifion Lloyd Jones, said: "You will be aware of the large amount of work which has had to be done to try and continue with plans for the Conwy Eisteddfod.
PEOPLE wanting to submit nominations for two of the National Eisteddfod's honourary awards this year have just two weeks left to do so.