marathon

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noun, often attributive mar·a·thon \ˈmer-ə-ˌthän, ˈma-rə-\

Definition of marathon

  1. 1 :  a footrace run on an open course usually of 26 miles 385 yards (42.2 kilometers); broadly :  a long-distance race

  2. 2a :  an endurance contestb :  something (such as an event, activity, or session) characterized by great length or concentrated effort

Examples of marathon in a sentence

  1. We watched a marathon of our favorite movies.

Origin and Etymology of marathon

Marathon, Greece, site of a victory of Greeks over Persians in 490 b.c., the news of which was carried to Athens by a long-distance runner


First Known Use: 1896


Marathon

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geographical name Mar·a·thon \ˈma-rə-ˌthän\

Definition of Marathon

  1. 1 plain of eastern Greece in Attica northeast of Athens on the Aegean Sea

  2. 2 ancient town on the plain of Marathon


MARATHON Defined for English Language Learners

marathon

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noun, often attributive mar·a·thon \ˈmer-ə-ˌthän, ˈma-rə-\

Definition of marathon for English Language Learners

  • : a running race that is about 26 miles (42 kilometers) long

  • : something (such as an event or activity) that lasts an extremely long time or that requires great effort

  • : a contest in which people compete with each other to see who can do something for the longest amount of time


MARATHON Defined for Kids

marathon

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noun mar·a·thon \ˈmer-ə-ˌthän\

Definition of marathon for Students

  1. 1 :  a long-distance running race

  2. 2 :  a long hard contest



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