Definition of penillion in English:

penillion

(also pennillion)

plural noun

  • Improvised verses in Welsh sung to the accompaniment of a harp, especially in contest at an eisteddfod.

    as modifier ‘penillion singing’
    • ‘Penillion is soaked in the Welsh tradition of improvised vocal descants to the harper's melody.’
    • ‘Pennillion singing is generally a subject in musical competitions.’
    • ‘Penillion singing therefore allows both the vocalist and the musician to ply their skills within their own frameworks.’

Origin

Welsh, literally ‘stanzas’, from pen ‘head’.

Pronunciation

penillion

/pɛˈnɪ(θ)lɪɒn/