[mar-uh-thon, -thuh n] /ˈmær əˌθɒn, -θən/
a foot race over a course measuring 26 mi. 385 yards (42 km 195 meters).
any long-distance race.
any contest, event, or the like, of great, or greater than normal, length or duration or requiring exceptional endurance:
a dance marathon; a sales marathon.
[mar-uh-thon] /ˈmær əˌθɒn/
a plain in SE Greece, in Attica: the Athenians defeated the Persians here 490 b.c.
an ancient village that is near this plain.
Classical Mythology. a son of Epopeus and the father of Corinthus.
a race on foot of 26 miles 385 yards (42.195 kilometres): an event in the modern Olympics
a plain in Attica northeast of Athens: site of a victory of the Athenians and Plataeans over the Persians (490 bc)
1896, marathon race, from story of Greek hero Pheidippides, who in 490 B.C.E. ran the 26 miles and 385 yards to Athens from the Plains of Marathon to tell of the allied Greek victory there over Persian army. The original story (Herodotus) is that he ran from Athens to Sparta to seek aid, which arrived too late to participate in the battle. Introduced as an athletic event in the 1896 revival of the Olympic Games, based on a later, less likely story, and quickly extended to mean “any very long event or activity.” Related: Marathoner (by 1912).
[mar-uh-thon-er or, esp. British, -thuh-ner] /ˈmær əˌθɒn ər or, esp. British, -θə nər/ noun 1. a runner who competes in a . /ˈmærəθənə/ noun 1. a person who runs in a marathon
noun, Psychology. 1. an encounter group that meets for an extended period of time, as eight hours to a week, in the belief that the resultant intensity and intimacy will lead to a more open expression of feelings. noun 1. (in psychotherapy) an encounter group that lasts for many hours or days
[mar-uh-thoh-nee-uh n] /ˌmær əˈθoʊ ni ən/ adjective 1. of or relating to . noun 2. a native or inhabitant of .
noun, Classical Mythology. 1. . noun, Greek Legend. 1. a savage bull, captured on Crete by Hercules and allowed to roam near Marathon in Greece until captured by Theseus.