What does Maroon mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. maroonnoun

    a person who is stranded (as on an island)

    "when the tide came in I was a maroon out there"

  2. maroonnoun

    a dark purplish-red to dark brownish-red color

  3. maroonadjective

    an exploding firework used as a warning signal

  4. maroon, brownish-redverb

    of dark brownish to purplish red

  5. maroon, strandverb

    leave stranded or isolated with little hope of rescue

    "the travellers were marooned"

  6. maroonverb

    leave stranded on a desert island without resources

    "The mutinous sailors were marooned on an island"


  1. maroonnoun

    A rocket fired to summon the crew of a lifeboat.

  2. maroonnoun

    An idiot; a fool.

  3. Etymology: Derived from the American-Spanish cimarrón, meaning “fugitive,” “wild”, “untamed”.


  1. Maroon

    Maroon (US/UK mə-ROON, Australia mə-ROHN) is a dark Purple or Brown crimson color that takes its name from the French word marron, or chestnut. "Marron" is also one of the French translations for "brown" as it is a subfamily of dark redish browns and purples. According to multiple dictionaries, there are variabilities in defining the color maroon. The Cambridge English Dictionary defines maroon as a dark reddish-purple color while its "American Dictionary" section defines maroon as dark brown-red or burgundy color. This suggests slight perceptual differences in the U.K. versus North America. Lexico online dictionary defines maroon as a brownish-red. Similarly, Dictionary.com defines maroon as a dark brownish-red or burgundy purple/wine color. The Oxford English Dictionary describes maroon as "a brownish crimson (strong red) or claret (purple color) color," while the Merriam-Webster online dictionary simply defines it as a dark red.In the sRGB color model for additive color representation, the web color called maroon is created by turning down the brightness of pure red to about one half. It is also noted that maroon is the complement of the web color called teal.


  1. maroon

    Maroon refers to a dark brownish-red color. It can also be used as a verb, meaning to abandon or isolate someone in a desolate place, typically an uninhabited island. Its origin is traced back to French word marron, which refers to chestnut color or a fugitive slave.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Maroonnoun

    in the West Indies and Guiana, a fugitive slave, or a free negro, living in the mountains

  2. Maroonverb

    to put (a person) ashore on a desolate island or coast and leave him to his fate

  3. Maroonadjective

    having the color called maroon. See 4th Maroon

  4. Maroonnoun

    a brownish or dull red of any description, esp. of a scarlet cast rather than approaching crimson or purple

  5. Maroonnoun

    an explosive shell. See Marron, 3

  6. Etymology: [See Maroon a fugitive slave.]


  1. Maroon

    Maroon is a dark brownish-red color, which takes its name from the French word marron, or chestnut. The Oxford English Dictionary describes it as "a brownish crimson or claret color.". In the RGB model used to create colors on computer screens and televisions, maroon is created by turning down the brightness of red by about half.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Maroon

    ma-rōōn′, n. a brownish crimson. [Fr. marron, a chestnut—It. marrone, a chestnut.]

  2. Maroon

    ma-rōōn′, n. a fugitive slave living on the mountains, in the West Indies.—v.t. to put on shore on a desolate island.—ns. Maroon′er; Maroon′ing. [Fr. marron—Sp. cimarron, wild—cima, a mountain-summit—L. cyma—Gr. kyma.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. maroon

    A name for a bright light of that colour used for signals; and also for an explosive ball of prepared paste-board.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Maroon is ranked #27481 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Maroon surname appeared 877 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Maroon.

    90.1% or 791 total occurrences were White.
    3% or 27 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.6% or 23 total occurrences were Asian.
    1.9% or 17 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Maroon in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Maroon in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of Maroon in a Sentence

  1. Justin Jager:

    The Maroon Fire posed some unique challenges that there were some big KV power lines running through there that we needed to be able to protect from the fire then also an unexploded ordnance area that we wanted to be able to put fire in but we didn’t want to put firefighters on the ground for obvious reasons.

  2. Claire Brown:

    Students here are super passionate about service and traditions, whether it’s Maroon Out or Fish Camp, you want to be a part of those things and that same fire is reignited in every single class.

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