maroon

2
[ 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 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.

Nearby words

  1. maroc,
  2. marocain,
  3. maroni,
  4. maronite,
  5. maronites,
  6. maroon peak,
  7. marooned,
  8. maroquin,
  9. maror,
  10. maros

Origin of maroon

2
1660–70; < French mar(r)on, apparently < American Spanish cimarrón wild (see cimarron); first used in reference to domestic animals that escaped into the woods, later to fugitive slaves

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maroon

1
/ (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

maroon

2
/ (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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Word Origin and History for marooned
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