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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.]


(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


(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]


 a company of druids; a congress of bards, 1822.
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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