Meaning of marathon


Pronunciation: (mar'u-thon", -thun), [key]
— n.
  1. a foot race over a course measuring 26 mi. 385 yd. (42 km 195 m).
  2. any long-distance race.
  3. 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.


Pronunciation: (mar'u-thon"), [key]
— n.
  1. a plain in SE Greece, in Attica: the Athenians defeated the Persians here 490b.c.
  2. an ancient village that is near this plain.
  3. a son of Epopeus and the father of Corinthus.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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