Definition of marathon
1 : a footrace run on an open course usually of 26 miles 385 yards (42.2 kilometers); broadly : a long-distance race
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
We watched a marathon of our favorite movies.
Recent Examples of marathon from the Web
In recent years, the company has moved into road cycling events, mountain bike races and marathons.
Kathrine Switzer, who overcame barriers to become the first woman to officially run the Boston Marathon in 1967, and who returned at age 70 this year to run the marathon again 50 years later, will be a special guest of the Senior Games.
Mescal has been working toward the challenging goal of running a sub-three hour marathon in all 50 states.
The news conference grew tense, in part because Trump has refused to hold a news conference of his own or answer questions in an extended format with journalists during his marathon foreign trip.
The press briefing grew tense, in part because Trump has refused to hold a news conference of his own or answer questions in an extended format with journalists during his marathon foreign trip.
The 34-year-old plans to transition after that to marathons.
Los Angeles saw two back-to-back 100-degree days, which set an October record and plagued the Long Beach marathon.
On Thursday, the Lancers downed West Hills 10-9 in a losers’ bracket game and then outlasted Eastlake 16-15 in a three-hour semifinal marathon that didn’t end until after 11 p.m. at the Poway Sportsplex to earn a berth in the finals.
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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: 1896See Words from the same year
Definition of Marathon
1 plain of eastern Greece in Attica northeast of Athens on the Aegean Sea
2 ancient town on the plain of Marathon
MARATHON Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of marathon for Students
1 : a long-distance running race
2 : a long hard contest
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