Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A cross-country footrace of 26 miles, 385 yards (42.195 kilometers).
  • noun A long-distance race other than a footrace.
  • noun A contest of endurance.
  • noun An event or activity that requires prolonged effort, endurance, or attention.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A footrace of 26 miles 385 yards.
  • noun Any long and arduous undertaking, straining the endurance of the participants.
  • noun a battle in 490 BC in which the Athenians and their allies defeated the Persians.

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  • noun A 42.195 kilometre (26 mile 385 yard) road race.
  • noun figuratively, by extension Any extended or sustained activity.

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

  • noun a battle in 490 BC in which the Athenians and their allies defeated the Persians
  • noun a footrace of 26 miles 385 yards
  • noun any long and arduous undertaking

Etymologies

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

[After Marathon (so called because a messenger ran from there to Athens to announce a victory over the Persians in 490 BC).]

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Ancient Greek Μαραθών (Marathōn), a town northeast of Athens. Phidippides the Greek ran the distance from Marathon to Athens to deliver a message regarding the Battle of Marathon. The modern sport of marathon running is based on a run approximately the same distance.

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