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[mar-uh n, muh-rohn; French ma-rawn] /ˈmær ən, məˈroʊn; French maˈrɔ̃/
a large European chestnut, especially as used in cookery: candied or preserved in syrup.
Origin of marron
From French, dating back to 1970-75; See origin at maroon1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • But there was going to be a sit-down supper, and as Boon was not there, she had taken a marron glacé.

    Miss Mapp Edward Frederic Benson
  • "They wanted me to stay with my boys at the first," said marron, with a shrug of his shoulders.

  • "Maurice Delarey is scarcely my idea of a mystery," said Mrs. Creswick, taking joyously a marron glacé.

    The Call of the Blood Robert Smythe Hichens
  • marron, from which the English word “Maroon” is derived, has a Spanish origin.

    "Gombo Zhbes" Lafcadio Hearn
  • marron is applied in all forms of the Creole patois to wild things; zhèbes marrons signifies “wild plants.”

    "Gombo Zhbes" Lafcadio Hearn
  • Mrs. marron was voluble, ignorant, and a willing source of information.

    Average Jones Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • Mrs. Rossiter selected a marron from the floor with care, wiped it daintily, and began to eat.

    Why Joan? Eleanor Mercein Kelly
  • Two marron strains are mentioned as producers of very large nuts; otherwise this variety's record is not impressive.

British Dictionary definitions for marron


/ˈmærən; French marɔ̃/
a large edible sweet chestnut
Word Origin
from French, of obscure origin


a large freshwater crayfish of Western Australia, Cherax tenuimanus
Word Origin
from a native Australian language
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