Word Origin for thon
British Dictionary definitions for thon (2 of 2)
Word Origin for -thon
WORDS THAT USE -THON
What does -thon mean?
The form –thon is derived from the ending of the word marathon, meaning “a foot race over a course measuring 26.2 miles.” The name is an allusion to the ancient Greek legend of Pheidippides, who ran from Marathon to Athens to carry news of the Greek victory over the Persians in 490 BCE.
What are variants of –thon?
Examples of -thon
A word you may be familiar with that features –thon is telethon, “a television broadcast lasting several hours, especially one soliciting support for a charity.”
The form tele– has a variety of meanings, but here it means “transmission over a distance,” from Greek têle, and specifically refers to “television.” The ending –thon means “a long event.” Telethon literally means “a long television event,” especially to raise money. According to the Museum of Broadcast Communications, the first telethon was held in 1949 to raise money for cancer research.
What are some words that use the combining form –thon?
What are some other forms that –thon may be commonly confused with?
Many words that end with the exact letters –thon do not use the combining form –thon to denote “a long event,” particularly scientific terms such as anacoluthon, autochthon, trilithon, and python. Learn why python means “boa constrictor” at our entry for the word.
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Given the meaning of –thon, what kind of an event is a radiothon?
How to use thon in a sentence
They are sure to get cheers rather than curses as word spreads that these are now Help-a-Thon numbers.
So why not make what would have been the New York Marathon into the New York Help-a-Thon?
Of course, Romney's campaign didn't invent the campaign call-a-thon, but they did tweak the formula in one crucial way.
The fleet was to land the army on the plain of Mar´a-thon, close by the sea, and only one day's journey from Athens.The Story of the Greeks|H. A. Guerber
He, or she, sends you through the mail notices of "thon's" books and lectures.The Unpopular Review Vol. I|Various
Page 139: Original text in footnote 'Thon' replaced with 'Thou'.The Roman Poets of the Republic|William Young Sellar
Thon, thonder; yon, yonder:—'Not a tree or a thing only thon wee couple of poor whins that's blowing up thonder on the rise.'English As We Speak It in Ireland|P. W. Joyce
The water barriers of the Thon and the Aure were forced, and the plateaus to the north occupied.