- 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
verb (used with object)
Origin of maroon2
Examples from the Web for maroon
We all remember when Levine shot to fame with Maroon 5's Songs About Jane.
It stayed at the top for three days, out-pacing tracks by Maroon 5, Kendrick Lamar, and 50 Cent.
Halle Berry won the same award in 2002 for Monster's Ball when she dazzled in a semi-sheer, maroon Elie Saab gown.
As I entered the one-room building, I saw some 20 people standing in the back, mostly prison officials in maroon jackets.
Floundering and slipping in the mud, the Blues steadily pounded their way down to the "Maroon's" goal.Bert Wilson on the Gridiron|J. W. Duffield
"I'm Ben Gunn, I am," replied the maroon, wriggling like an eel in his embarrassment.Treasure Island|Robert Louis Stevenson
In talking it over, Clara and I have decided that it had better be covered with maroon, instead of green, as you advised.At Last|Marion Harland
Turkoman rugs are usually a rich brown or maroon in color, and are apt to contain slightly elongated octagonal figures.Commercial Geography|Jacques W. Redway
It is a sombre red, which at one moment seems to be toned in the direction of maroon, and at another in the direction of brown.Travels in South Kensington|Moncure Daniel Conway
Word Origin for maroon
- a dark red to purplish-red colour
- (as adjective)a maroon carpet
Word Origin 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.