Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The main hall or central room of a palace or house, especially of Mycenaean Greece, having a pillared porch and a more or less central hearth.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The rectangular great hall in a Mycenaean building, usually supported with pillars.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Gr. archæol., specifically, the great central hall of the Homeric house or palace.

Etymologies

Greek.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek μέγαρον. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Excavations directed by Metaxia Tsipopoulou of the Greek Ministry of Culture and William D.E. Coulson, former director of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, showed that the four buildings had been erected on the rectangular "megaron" plan typical of the Greek mainland.

    Cretan Shrine Discovered

  • Bloody certainly have we got to see to it ere smellful demise surprends us on this concrete that down the gullies of the eras we may catch ourselves looking forward to what will in no time be staring you larrikins on the postface in that multimirror megaron of returningties, whirled without end to end.

    Finnegans Wake

  • The angry atmosphere lay thick in the megaron, and Penelope forced a smile.

    Shield of Thunder

  • Dexios, his face a mask of tears, stood framed in sunlight as everyone in the megaron stared at him.

    Shield of Thunder

  • The doors at the far end of the megaron opened, and six Royal Eagles entered, clad in armor of bronze and silver, with white cloaks and white-crested helms.

    Shield of Thunder

  • Odysseus had faltered then as he saw the scores of plague victims laid out in the megaron.

    Shield of Thunder

  • They are all in the megaron below, waiting for your funeral feast.

    Shield of Thunder

  • In an anteroom off the megaron she sank to a couch while the five officers stood around her.

    Shield of Thunder

  • “Agamemnon is intent on revenge,” old Nestor had said, sitting in the megaron late in the evening, a cup of wine comfortably full in his grip, one of his hounds at his feet.

    Shield of Thunder

  • Sweat was on her brow as she left the apartments and made her way down to the megaron.

    Shield of Thunder

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