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
Origin: [W., session, fr. eistedd to sit.]
An eisteddfod is a Welsh festival of literature, music and performance. The tradition of such a meeting of Welsh artists dates back to at least the 12th century, when a festival of poetry and music was held by Rhys ap Gruffydd of Deheubarth at his court in Cardigan in 1176 but, with the decline of the bardic tradition, it fell into abeyance. The present-day format owes much to an eighteenth-century revival arising out of a number of informal eisteddfodau. The closest English equivalent to eisteddfod is "session"; the word is formed from two Welsh morphemes: eistedd, meaning "sit", and bod, meaning "be".
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
es-teth′vod, n. a congress of Welsh bards and musicians held in various towns for the preservation and cultivation of national poetry and music. [W.; lit. 'session,' eistedd, to sit.]
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.
The numerical value of eisteddfod in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of eisteddfod in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
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