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[meg-uh-ron] /ˈmɛg əˌrɒn/
noun, plural megara
[meg-er-uh] /ˈmɛg ər ə/ (Show IPA),
megarons. (in pre-Hellenic Greek architecture)
a building or semi-independent unit of a building, generally used as a living apartment and typically having a square or broadly rectangular principal chamber with a porch, often of columns in antis, and sometimes an antichamber or other small compartments.
Origin of megaron
First recorded in 1875-80, megaron is from the Greek word mégaron (in Homer) the principal living quarters of a palace Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • But if doma here be not equivalent to megaron, what room can it possibly be?

    Homer and His Age Andrew Lang
  • They sleep mucho domou; that is, not in a separate recess in the house, but in a recess of the great hall or megaron.

    Homer and His Age Andrew Lang
  • There can be little doubt that this circle indicates the position of the hearth in the centre of the megaron.


    Benjamin Taylor
  • In the oldest time it was not only symbolically but actually the centre of the house, and especially of the megaron.


    Benjamin Taylor
British Dictionary definitions for megaron


noun (pl) -ra (-rə)
a tripartite rectangular room containing a central hearth surrounded by four pillars, found in Bronze Age Greece and Asia Minor
Word Origin
from Greek, literally: hall, from megas large
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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