Origin of marathon
Definition for marathon (2 of 2)
Examples from the Web for marathon
Portlandia marathon—9 am-2:30 pm, IFCBecause what better time than Turkey Day to put on a bird on it?
Thanksgiving with Friends marathon—10 am—TBSA marathon of every Thanksgiving episode of Friends.
It would be like making a decision about whether or not to keep exercising at mile 24 of a marathon.Jon Stewart Talks ‘Rosewater’ and the ‘Chickensh-t’ Democrats’ Midterm Massacre|Marlow Stern|November 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
More probable are smaller attacks like the Boston marathon bombing.Why’s Al Qaeda So Strong? Washington Has (Literally) No idea|Bruce Riedel|November 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The subject of a dozen-odd panels, commissions, marathon negotiating sessions?
The Marathon was to start at three in the afternoon at a point twenty-six miles away from the Stadium.
This important work was paid for by Athens out of her share in the spoils of Marathon.
So he speedily made his preparations, and drew up his small force on the plain of Marathon, between the mountains and the sea.The Story of the Greeks|H. A. Guerber
One story has it that it was built on the spot where the Marathon runner fell dead, after telling in a word his news of victory.The Ship Dwellers|Albert Bigelow Paine
In the Marathon—most important of all—as many as a dozen would probably be taken.
British Dictionary definitions for marathon (1 of 2)
- any long or arduous task, assignment, etc
- (as modifier)a marathon effort
Word Origin for marathon
British Dictionary definitions for marathon (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for marathon
1896, marathon race, from story of Greek hero Pheidippides, who in 490 B.C.E. ran the 26 miles and 385 yards to Athens from the Plains of Marathon to tell of the allied Greek victory there over Persian army. The original story (Herodotus) is that he ran from Athens to Sparta to seek aid, which arrived too late to participate in the battle. Introduced as an athletic event in the 1896 revival of the Olympic Games, based on a later, less likely story, and quickly extended to mean "any very long event or activity." Related: Marathoner (by 1912).