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maroon

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[ muh-roon ]
/ məˈrun /
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adjective
dark brownish-red.
Chiefly British.
  1. a loudly exploding firework consisting of a cardboard container filled with gunpowder.
  2. a similar firework used as a danger or warning signal, as by railway brakemen.
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Origin of maroon

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1585–95; <French marron literally, chestnut, Middle French <Upper Italian (Tuscan marrone), perhaps ultimately derivative of pre-Latin *marr- stone

Other definitions for maroon (2 of 2)

maroon2
[ muh-roon ]
/ məˈrun /

verb (used with object)
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.
noun
(often initial capital letter) any of a group of Black people, 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 maroon

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First recorded in 1660–70; from French mar(r)on, apparently from Colonial Spanish cimarrón “wild”; first used in reference to domestic animals that escaped into the woods, later to people who escaped slavery; see cimarron
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British Dictionary definitions for maroon (1 of 2)

maroon1
/ (məˈruːn) /

verb (tr)
to leave ashore and abandon, esp on an island
to isolate without resources
noun
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

Word Origin for maroon

C17 (applied to fugitive slaves): from American Spanish cimarrón wild, literally: dwelling on peaks, from Spanish cima summit

British Dictionary definitions for maroon (2 of 2)

maroon2
/ (məˈruːn) /

noun
  1. a dark red to purplish-red colour
  2. (as adjective)a maroon carpet
an exploding firework, esp one used as a warning signal

Word Origin for maroon

C18: from French, literally: chestnut, marron 1
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