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EISTEDDFOD

eisteddfod

(noun) any of several annual Welsh festivals involving artistic competitions (especially in singing)

Source: WordNet® 3.1


Etymology

Noun

eisteddfodau

plural of eisteddfod

Usage notes

• As eisteddfodau are a particularly Welsh cultural institution, the use of the etymologically consistent plural is far more common than the use of other such plurals of words borrowed from Welsh; compare: corgwn, cymoedd.

• The use of this plural is preferred by most writers and speakers over the alternative English plural (eisteddfods) as it is long-accepted usage and shows greater cultural sensitivity.

Source: Wiktionary


EISTEDDFOD

Eis*tedd"fod, n. Etym: [W., session, fr. eistedd to sit.]

Definition: Am assembly or session of the Welsh bards; an annual congress of bards, minstrels and literati of Wales, -- being a patriotic revival of the old custom.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition



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