- 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 marooned
On the second planet, they encounter a marooned astronaut named Dr. Mann, and a fistfight ensues.Neil deGrasse Tyson Breaks Down ‘Interstellar’: Black Holes, Time Dilations, and Massive Waves
November 11, 2014
The two marooned Americans keep running into each other at night in the hotel bar, and soon a relationship begins to form.Sofia Coppola Discusses ‘Lost in Translation’ on Its 10th Anniversary
September 12, 2013
It rarely if ever happened that anything was known of him after having been marooned.Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates
Four of us, marooned at Philae, not knowing it, and night coming on.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
Anyway, there we was, marooned on that little two-for-a-cent island.Cape Cod Stories
Joseph C. Lincoln
Men have been marooned for neglecting that little precaution.The Martian Cabal
Roman Frederick Starzl
By barrack and camp life the normal civilian intellect is, as it were, marooned.Another Sheaf
- 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 marooned
"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.