eisteddfodau

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Welsh eisteddfodau

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

eisteddfodau pl

  1. plural form of eisteddfod

Quotations[edit]

Usage notes[edit]

  • 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.

Welsh[edit]

Etymology[edit]

eisteddfod +‎ -au

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (North Wales) IPA(key): /ˌəi̯stɛðˈvɔdaɨ̯/, /ˌəi̯stɛðˈvɔda/
  • (South Wales) IPA(key): /ˌəi̯stɛðˈvɔdai̯/, /ˌəi̯stɛðˈvɔdɛ/

Noun[edit]

eisteddfodau

  1. plural form of eisteddfod
    • 1822: Morgan Williams, Collectaneous Epitaphs: Chiefly Designed to Assist Surviving Relations in Fixing Upon Suitable…, p71
      Yr oedd llafur Owain Myfyr, Gwilym Owain, ac yntau, yn dechreu dwyn ffrwyth yn niwedd ei oes ef; ac nid oes nemawr o achos ammheuaeth, mai i’w llafur hwy yr ydym yn ddyledus am adfywiad yr Eisteddfodau yn yr hanner canrif diweddaf.