marathon

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noun

mar·​a·​thon ˈmer-ə-ˌthän How to pronounce marathon (audio)
ˈma-rə-
often attributive
1
: a footrace run on an open course usually of 26 miles 385 yards (42.2 kilometers)
broadly : a long-distance race
2
a
: an endurance contest
b
: something (such as an event, activity, or session) characterized by great length or concentrated effort

Marathon

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geographical name

Mar·​a·​thon ˈmer-ə-ˌthän How to pronounce Marathon (audio)
ˈma-rə-
1
plain of eastern Greece in Attica northeast of Athens on the Aegean Sea
2
ancient town on the plain of Marathon

Example Sentences

Noun We watched a marathon of our favorite movies.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Founder Valerie McLean Cuddy said organizers hope to plan other events to benefit the Bell Center for Early Intervention Programs, a main beneficiary of the marathon. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, 29 Nov. 2022 The Gotham Awards, held annually at Cipriani Wall Street, serve as a downtown celebration of independent film and an unofficial kickoff of the long marathon of ceremonies, cocktail parties and campaigning that lead up to the Academy Awards in March. Jake Coyle, ajc, 29 Nov. 2022 At the end of a marathon, the Tigers had rallied for a repeat, and the second title in program history. Aj Traub, BostonGlobe.com, 19 Nov. 2022 Williamsburg delivers what may be the least and most fun stretches of the marathon. Matthew Futterman, New York Times, 4 Nov. 2022 Their acting is also the beginning of a new marathon. Joshua Spodek, Time, 4 Nov. 2022 Private lactation spaces will now be at the expo, at the start, along the course, and near the finish line of the marathon. Taylor Dutch, SELF, 24 Oct. 2022 Every seasoned shopper knows that the Olympic-sized event is more of a marathon than a sprint. Bianca Rodriguez, ELLE, 24 Oct. 2022 That historic running of the marathon allowed more competitors in, rather than other years in which the famed race is limited to the cream of the crop and those with fast-enough qualifying times. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, 18 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

Noun

1896, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of marathon was in 1896

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Cite this Entry

“Marathon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/marathon. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

marathon

noun

mar·​a·​thon ˈmar-ə-ˌthän How to pronounce marathon (audio)
1
a
: a long-distance footrace of 26 miles 385 yards (42.2 kilometers) that is run on an open course
b
: a race other than a footrace (as for swimmers) marked especially by great distance
2
: a long hard contest
a dance marathon
marathon adjective
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