AskDefine | Define maroon

Dictionary Definition

maroon adj : dark brownish to purplish red [syn: brownish-red]


1 a person who is stranded (as on an island); "when the tide came in I was a maroon out there"
2 a dark purplish red to dark brownish red
3 an exploding firework used as a warning signal


1 leave stranded or isolated withe little hope og rescue; "the travellers were marooned" [syn: strand]
2 leave stranded on a desert island without resources; "The mutinous sailors were marooned on an island"

User Contributed Dictionary



Etymology 1

Derived from the American-Spanish cimarrón, meaning “fugitive,” “wild”, “untamed”.


  1. An escaped negro slave of the Caribbean and the Americas or a descendant of escaped slaves.
  2. A castaway; a person who has been marooned.
runaway slave


  1. Associated with Maroon culture, communities or peoples.


  1. To abandon in a remote, desolate place, as on a deserted island.

Etymology 2

French marron, “chestnut; brown”.


  1. (colour) A dark red, somewhat brownish, colour.
    maroon colour:   
dark red, somewhat brownish colour


  1. Of a maroon color
  • Finnish: punaruskea
  • French: marron pourpré, bordeaux
  • German: kastanienbraun
  • Italian: marrone, rossastro
  • Japanese: くり色の (くりいろの, kuriiro no)
  • Spanish: castaño

See also

Etymology 3



  1. A rocket fired to summon the crew of a lifeboat.

Extensive Definition

Maroon, marooning, or marooned may refer to:
In music:
In sports:
In other uses:
  • Maroon Beret, the symbol for elite airborne forces
  • Chicago Maroon, an independent student newspaper of the University of Chicago
  • Russell Shoatz, a former Black Liberation Army member, nicknamed "Maroon"

See also

maroon in Simple English: Maroon

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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