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

  • n. Bible The scene of a final battle between the forces of good and evil, prophesied to occur at the end of the world.
  • n. A decisive or catastrophic conflict.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. The site of a prophesied final battle between the forces of good and evil.
  • proper n. The scene of a decisive conflict on a great scale.
  • proper n. Any great and crucial conflict.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the final, decisive battle between the forces of good and evil, as foretold in the Apocolypse of Saint John. Also, the site of that battle. Used metaphorically for a vast and decisive conflict, attended by cataclysmic destruction.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any catastrophically destructive battle
  • n. (New Testament) the scene of the final battle between the kings of the Earth at the end of the world

Etymologies

Late Latin Armagedōn, from Greek, from Hebrew har məgiddô, the mountain region of Megiddo : har, mountain; see hrr in Semitic roots + məgiddô, Megiddo.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Hebrew הר מגידו (har megiddo), used in Revelation 16:16, referring to Mount Megiddo, the place of the last battle at the Last Judgment. (Wiktionary)

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