- The definition of a marathon is a long distance race, or is a long ordeal or task.
- A 26-mile footrace is an example of a marathon.
- When you have a long series of doctors appointments one after the other, this is an example of a marathon.
A group of people running a marathon.
- a footrace of 26 miles, 385 yards, run over an open course, esp. as an event of the Olympic games or as an annual event in some cities: after the legend of the Greek runner who ran from Marathon to Athens to tell of the victory over the Persians (490 )
- any long-distance or endurance contest
- Sports a. A cross-country footrace of 26 miles, 385 yards (42.195 kilometers).b. A long-distance race other than a footrace: a swimming marathon.
- a. A contest of endurance: a dance marathon.b. An event or activity that requires prolonged effort, endurance, or attention.
Origin of marathonAfter Marathon (so called because a messenger ran from there to Athens to announce a victory over the Persians in 490 BC).
- A 42.195 kilometre (26 mile 385 yard) road race.
- (figuratively, by extension) Any extended or sustained activity.
- He had a cleaning marathon the night before his girlfriend came over.
French marathon, coined in 1894 by linguist Michel Bréal for the first modern time Olympic Games after Greek Μαραθών (Marathōn), a town northeast of Athens. Phidippides the Greek ran the distance from Marathon to Athens to deliver a message regarding the Battle of Marathon. The modern sport of marathon running is based on a run approximately the same distance. The toponym itself comes from μάραθον (marathon, “fennel”) and refers to the prevalence of the plant in the area.
- a town in Attica, Greece, the site of the victory in 490 BC of heavily outnumbered Athenians against Persians
From Ancient Greek Μαραθών (Marathōn).