Marathon meaning

mărə-thŏn
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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.

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A village and plain of ancient Greece northeast of Athens. It was the site of a major Athenian victory over the Persians in 490 bc .
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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.
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Any contest or endeavor that tests endurance.
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(place) Ancient Greek village in E Attica, or a plain nearby, where the Athenians under Miltiades defeated the Persians under Darius I (490 b.c.)
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A 42.195 kilometre (26 mile 385 yard) road race.
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(figuratively, by extension) Any extended or sustained activity.

He had a cleaning marathon the night before his girlfriend came over.

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A town in Attica, Greece, the site of the victory in 490 BC of heavily outnumbered Athenians against Persians.
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Origin of marathon

  • After Marathon (so called because a messenger ran from there to Athens to announce a victory over the Persians in 490 bc)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Ancient Greek Μαραθών (Marathōn).

    From Wiktionary