Definitions for eisteddfodaɪˈstɛð vɒd, eɪˈstɛð-; ˌaɪ stɛðˈvɒd aɪ, ˌeɪ stɛð-
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
eis•tedd•fodaɪˈstɛð vɒd, eɪˈstɛð-; ˌaɪ stɛðˈvɒd aɪ, ˌeɪ stɛð-(n.)(pl.)eis•tedd•fods, eis•tedd•fod•au
an annual Welsh festival, with competitions among poets and musicians.
Origin of eisteddfod:
1815–25; < Welsh: lit., session =eistedd sitting +fod, var. (by lenition) of bod being
any of several annual Welsh festivals involving artistic competitions (especially in singing)
Any of several annual festivals in which Welsh poets, dancers, and musicians compete for recognition.
Origin: From eisteddfod, from .
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
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
a gathering of Welsh bards and others, now annual, at which, out of a patriotic motive, prizes are awarded for the encouragement of Welsh literature and music and the preservation of the Welsh language and ancient national customs.