Definition of eisteddfod in English:


Pronunciation /ʌɪˈstɛðvɒd/ /ʌɪˈstɛdvəd/

nouneisteddfods, eisteddfodau

  • A competitive festival of music and poetry in Wales.

    • ‘The eisteddfodau in Wales are of course a wonderful tradition where you had singing and poetry competitions in any given village every different Saturday.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This is regarded as the premier eisteddfod across the globe.’
    • ‘The nineteenth-century revival of the eisteddfod and of the study of Welsh antiquities was initially encouraged by Anglican clergy and gentry.’
    fete, fair, gala day, gala, carnival, fiesta, jamboree, pageant


Welsh, literally ‘session’, from eistedd ‘sit’.



/ʌɪˈstɛðvɒd/ /ʌɪˈstɛdvəd/