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  1. a city in ancient Greece: the chief city of Megaris.
  2. Classical Mythology. a daughter of Creon whose children were slain by her husband, Hercules, in a fit of madness.
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Related formsMe·gar·i·an, Me·gar·e·an [mjuh-gar-ee-uh n, me‐] /mdʒəˈgær i ən, mɛ‐/, Me·gar·ic, adjective


noun, plural meg·a·ra [meg-er-uh] /ˈmɛg ər ə/, meg·a·rons. (in pre-Hellenic Greek architecture)
  1. 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.
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Origin of megaron

First recorded in 1875–80, megaron is from the Greek word mégaron (in Homer) the principal living quarters of a palace
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Examples from the Web for megara

Historical Examples

  • But, if you please, let us first sit down; for I am tired with my yesterday's journey from Megara.


    An Imitator of Plato

  • Megara was lost—and now all the holds on the Peloponnesus were surrendered.

  • In his same term of office he got Megara into his hands, and caused it to join also.

  • Megara made strong resistance to Calenus, and was treated with severity.

  • Over them, however, is a road which leads to Megara and Attica from the Isthmus.

British Dictionary definitions for megara


  1. a town in E central Greece: an ancient trading city, founding many colonies in the 7th and 8th centuries bc. Pop: (municipality): 27 252 (2001)
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noun plural -ra (-rə)
  1. a tripartite rectangular room containing a central hearth surrounded by four pillars, found in Bronze Age Greece and Asia Minor
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Word Origin

from Greek, literally: hall, from megas large
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