[ahy-steth-vod, ey-steth-]
noun, plural eisteddfods, eisteddfodau [ey-steth-vod-ahy, ahy-steth-] .
(in Wales) an annual festival, with competitions among poets and musicians.

1815–25; < Welsh: literally, session, equivalent to eistedd sitting + fod, variant (by lenition) of bod being

eisteddfodic, adjective
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eisteddfod (aɪˈstɛdfəd, Welsh aɪˈstɛðvɔd)
n , pl -fods, -fodau
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]

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"annual assembly of Welsh bards," 1822, from W., lit. "session," from eistedd "to sit" (from sedd "seat") + bod "to be."
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