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.

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

  2. maroonnoun

    An idiot; a fool.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Maroonnoun

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

    Etymology: [See Maroon a fugitive slave.]

  2. Maroonverb

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

    Etymology: [See Maroon a fugitive slave.]

  3. Maroonadjective

    having the color called maroon. See 4th Maroon

    Etymology: [See Maroon a fugitive slave.]

  4. Maroonnoun

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

    Etymology: [See Maroon a fugitive slave.]

  5. Maroonnoun

    an explosive shell. See Marron, 3

    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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  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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