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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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STALWARTS of village Eisteddfodau across North Wales were recognised for their voluntary service over many years during a meeting at the National Eisteddfod.
"My mother would teach me recitation and I would compete with success at local Eisteddfodau.
The Urdd is asking the Welsh Local Government Association to earmark an annual sum for its eisteddfod, so that some councils are not asked to support far more eisteddfodau than others.
"I've always been a keen competitor in the Eisteddfod so when I went for an interview with Wicked, all the singing I'd done in Eisteddfodau over the years had prepared me for it and got me up to the standard.
THE important part played by Wales' smaller eisteddfodau has been recognised by a Welsh Assembly minister.
Cardiff council leader Rodney Berman said: "We don't have any problem with the city hosting eisteddfodau. They're part of the vibrant mix that we want to have on offer as a city."
THE important part played by Wales' smaller eisteddfodau and its officials were recognised at the National Eisteddfod.
One of the most memorable Eisteddfodau during this early period was Carmarthen's in 1935, and the press was full of news reports about the event.
While there is no shortage of young people eager to compete at disco dancing in Wales' 108 local eisteddfodau, folk dancing attracts so little interest that it no longer has its own category in some of the events.
"Several new eisteddfodau have been established and two more have been revived.
Bydd y rhaglenni hefyd yn edrych yn l dros 150 o Eisteddfodau.