[ meg-er-uh ]
/ ˈmɛg ər ə /


a city in ancient Greece: the chief city of Megaris.
Classical Mythology. a daughter of Creon whose children were slain by her husband, Hercules, in a fit of madness.


Me·gar·i·an, Me·gar·e·an [mjuh-gar-ee-uh n, me‐] /mdʒəˈgær i ən, mɛ‐/, Me·gar·ic, adjective

Definition for megara (2 of 2)

[ meg-uh-ron ]
/ ˈmɛg əˌrɒn /

noun, plural meg·a·ra [meg-er-uh] /ˈmɛg ər ə/, meg·a·rons. (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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for megara (1 of 2)

/ (ˈmɛɡərə) /


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)

British Dictionary definitions for megara (2 of 2)

/ (ˈmɛɡəˌrɒn) /

noun plural -ra (-rə)

a tripartite rectangular room containing a central hearth surrounded by four pillars, found in Bronze Age Greece and Asia Minor

Word Origin for megaron

from Greek, literally: hall, from megas large
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