- dark brownish-red.
- Chiefly British.
- a loudly exploding firework consisting of a cardboard container filled with gunpowder.
- a similar firework used as a danger or warning signal, as by railway brakemen.
Origin of maroon1
- to put ashore and abandon on a desolate island or coast by way of punishment or the like, as was done by buccaneers.
- to place in an isolated and often dangerous position: The rising floodwaters marooned us on top of the house.
- to abandon and leave without aid or resources: Having lost all his money, he was marooned in the strange city.
- (often initial capital letter) any of a group of blacks, descended from fugitive slaves of the 17th and 18th centuries, living in the West Indies and Guiana, especially in mountainous areas.
- a person who is marooned: Robinson Crusoe lived for years as a maroon.
Origin of maroon2
Examples from the Web for maroon
We all remember when Levine shot to fame with Maroon 5's Songs About Jane.Adam Levine Is Off the Market… Thank God
July 21, 2014
It stayed at the top for three days, out-pacing tracks by Maroon 5, Kendrick Lamar, and 50 Cent.When Harry Met Cancer
April 10, 2014
Halle Berry won the same award in 2002 for Monster's Ball when she dazzled in a semi-sheer, maroon Elie Saab gown.Barbara Tfank: The Red Carpet Radical
March 2, 2014
The color scheme remained neutral and muted, mainly black and white with hints of pink or maroon popping out occassionally.At Victoria Beckham, Boy Meets Girl
September 8, 2013
As I entered the one-room building, I saw some 20 people standing in the back, mostly prison officials in maroon jackets.Eyewitness to the Firing Squad
April 25, 2010
Then said Captain Maroon, 'Now, how much time do you want to make the other twenty in?
Finally said Captain Maroon, when that wouldn't suit either, 'Hand over, then!'
He had no doubt but that the maroon had a message for him from his master.
But before the maroon could obey they heard steps on the porch.
"You must maroon me as soon as ever you can get amongst these islands off the Cambodge shore," he went on.The Secret Sharer
- to leave ashore and abandon, esp on an island
- to isolate without resources
- a descendant of a group of runaway slaves living in the remoter areas of the Caribbean or Guyana
- US and Canadian informal a person who has been marooned, esp on an island
- a dark red to purplish-red colour
- (as adjective)a maroon carpet
- an exploding firework, esp one used as a warning signal
Word Origin and History for maroon
"very dark reddish-brown color," 1791, from French couleur marron, the color of a marron "chestnut," the large sweet chestnut of southern Europe (maroon in that sense was used in English from 1590s), from dialect of Lyons, ultimately from a word in a pre-Roman language, perhaps Ligurian; or from Greek maraon "sweet chestnut."
"put ashore on a desolate island or coast," 1724 (implied in marooning), earlier "to be lost in the wild" (1690s); from maron (n.) "fugitive black slave in the jungles of W.Indies and Dutch Guyana" (1660s), earlier symeron (1620s), from French marron, said to be a corruption of Spanish cimmaron "wild, untamed," from Old Spanish cimarra "thicket," probably from cima "summit, top" (from Latin cyma "sprout"), with a notion of living wild in the mountains. Related: Marooned.