One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounPlural eisteddfodau, Plural eisteddfods
A competitive festival of music and poetry in Wales.
fete, fair, gala day, gala, carnival, fiesta, jamboree, pageantView synonyms
- ‘The eisteddfodau in Wales are of course a wonderful tradition where you had singing and poetry competitions in any given village every different Saturday.’
- ‘This is regarded as the premier eisteddfod across the globe.’
- ‘First, anyone who has participated in a piano eisteddfod, a dance competition or a debating tournament as a teenager knows that the fierce competition we throw children into is not cute or amusing, it is intense and potentially scarring.’
- ‘But I don't think we can abandon the eisteddfod altogether; it is a too important community event.’
- ‘The nineteenth-century revival of the eisteddfod and of the study of Welsh antiquities was initially encouraged by Anglican clergy and gentry.’
Welsh, literally ‘session’, from eistedd ‘sit’.
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