marathon

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

French marathon, coined in 1894 by linguist Michel Bréal for the first modern time Olympic Games after Greek Μαραθών (Marathṓn), a town northeast of Athens. Phidippides the Greek ran the distance from Marathon to Athens to deliver a message regarding the Battle of Marathon. The modern sport of marathon running is based on a run approximately the same distance. The toponym itself comes from μάραθον (márathon, fennel) and refers to the prevalence of the plant in the area.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈmærəθən/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈmærəˌθɑn/, /ˈmɛrəˌθɑn/
  • Hyphenation: mar‧a‧thon

Noun[edit]

marathon (plural marathons)

  1. A 42.195 kilometre (26 mile 385 yard) road race.
  2. (figuratively, by extension) Any extended or sustained activity.
    He had a cleaning marathon the night before his girlfriend came over.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Μα^ρα^θών". A Greek-English Lexicon. 1940. Henry George Liddell and Robert Scott. 12 September 2013, http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/text?doc=Perseus:text:1999.04.0057:entry=*maraqw/n.

Dutch[edit]

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Noun[edit]

marathon m (plural marathons, diminutive marathonnetje n)

  1. marathon

French[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek Μαραθών (Marathṓn)

Noun[edit]

marathon m (plural marathons)

  1. marathon

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