American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To put ashore on a deserted island or coast and intentionally abandon.
- v. To abandon or isolate with little hope of ready rescue or escape: The travelers were marooned by the blizzard.
- n. A fugitive Black slave in the West Indies in the 17th and 18th centuries.
- n. A descendant of such a slave.
- n. A person who is marooned, as on an island.
- n. A dark reddish brown to dark purplish red.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Very dark crimson or red. See II., 2.
- n. A kind of sweet chestnut produced in southern Europe, and known elsewhere as the French or Italian chestnut, having a single kernel and attaining a large size from the fact that the other two seeds of the involucre or bur are abortive. It is largely used for food by the poor in the countries where it is produced.
- n. A generic name for any pure or crimson red of very low luminosity. The color of a chestnut is yellower.
- n. In dyeing, a coal-tar coloring matter obtained by purifying the resinous matters formed in the manufacture of magenta.
- n. In pyrotechnics, a small cubical box of pasteboard filled with gunpowder and wrapped round with two or three layers of strong twine, used to imitate the report of a cannon. Maroons are primed with a short piece of quick-match, inserted in a hole punctured in one of the corners, and are usually exploded in batteries to produce the effect of cannonading, as in combinations of fireworks. Also
- n. One of a class of negroes, originally fugitive slaves, living in the wilder parts of Jamaica and Dutch Guiana. In both of these localities they were often at war with the whites, but were never fully subdued; and in the latter country, where they are called
bush-negroes, they still form a large independent community professing a mongrel species of paganism. Maroons are found also in some of the other West Indian islands.
- n. One who is left on a desolate island as a punishment.
- Same as feral, 2.
- To put ashore and leave on a desolate island by way of punishment, as was done by the bucaneers, etc.
- In the southern United States, to camp out after the manner of the West Indian maroons; make a pleasure-excursion of some duration, with provision for living in camp.
- n. nautical A rocket fired to summon the crew of a lifeboat.
- n. slang, derogatory An idiot; a fool.
- n. An escaped negro slave of the Caribbean and the Americas or a descendant of escaped slaves.
- n. A castaway; a person who has been marooned.
- adj. Associated with Maroon culture, communities or peoples.
- v. To abandon in a remote, desolate place, as on a deserted island.
- n. A dark red, somewhat brownish, color.
- adj. Of a maroon color
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. In the West Indies and Guiana, a fugitive slave, or a free negro, living in the mountains.
- v. To put (a person) ashore on a desolate island or coast and leave him to his fate.
- adj. Having the color called maroon. See 4th maroon.
- n. A brownish or dull red of any description, esp. of a scarlet cast rather than approaching crimson or purple.
- n. An explosive shell. See Marron, 3.
- n. a person who is stranded (as on an island)
- v. leave stranded or isolated with little hope of rescue
- adj. of dark brownish to purplish red
- n. a dark purplish-red to dark brownish-red color
- n. an exploding firework used as a warning signal
- v. leave stranded on a desert island without resources
- Derived from the American-Spanish cimarrón, meaning “fugitive,” “wild”, “untamed”. (Wiktionary)
- From French marron, fugitive slave, from American Spanish cimarrón, wild, runaway, perhaps from cima, summit (from runaways' fleeing to the mountains), from Latin cȳma, sprout; see cyma.French marron, chestnut, from Italian marrone. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“It's like saying "Compared to black, a very dark maroon is a light colour".”
“He should be available for his final game in maroon and gold.”
“Even University of Minnesota fans dressed in maroon and gold were rooting for neighboring Iowa State, which has three players from Minnesota on its roster.”
“To school we wear sweater vests from Benetton in maroon and forest and bright pink over men's white T-shirts.”
“I wrote about furloughs in July in advance of the first unpaid day, one reader's online comment called me a clueless "maroon" -- just like in the Bugs Bunny cartoons.”
“She was surprised and horrified by the blood tears that seeped out from under the sagged down eyelids and plopped in maroon patches onto the Sybil’s white robes.”
“A very dark red, if pure or crimson, is called maroon; if brownish, chestnut or chocolate.”
“It's fresh and these are my two favorite colors, she says, referring to her maroon vest and mustard shirt.”
“His vehicle was described as a maroon, older-model minivan with black trim around the windows, the alert stated.”
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