Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See Spanish chestnut.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. chestnut
  • n. A type of freshwater crayfish from Western Australia.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A large chestnut.
  • n. A chestnut color; maroon.
  • n. A paper or pasteboard box or shell, wound about with strong twine, filled with an explosive, and ignited with a fuse, -- used to make a noise like a cannon.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An obsolete form of maroon.
  • n. See maroon.

Etymologies

French; see maroon2.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French (Wiktionary)
Nyunga marran (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I first learned about red Kuri squash here, where the charming little guy is known by his French name, potimarron, the 'marron' in the name because it tastes like chestnuts.

    A New Knife, A New Squash, A New Cookie

  • But what the French refer to as a marron is not the fruit of the marronnier at all those are apparently marrons d’inde, it’s actually a type of edible chestnut.

    conquering conkers

  • Cooked plain chestnuts, unlike the über-rich marron glacé, have a dusty flavour that is helped in something sweet such as these brownies by marinating them first in a simple mixture of brown sugar, vanilla and rum.

    Dan Lepard's chestnut brownies recipe

  • Dimanche dernier, * we were contemplating dessert (should we go for a walk first ... or dive right into the gâteau de marron*?).

    façonner - French Word-A-Day

  • Dimanche dernier = last Sunday gâteau de marron = chestnut cake campagne = countryside

    façonner - French Word-A-Day

  • Companies are now making ovens and ranges in dozens of delicious colors, such as pumpkin (Viking), and marron glace (a chestnut brown, from Lacanche).

    Dreams of a high-end kitchen range go on the front burner

  • Galatasaray shirt have a marron collar and Adidas three stripes, Adidas logo, centred just below the collar.

    Archive 2009-02-01

  • Galatasaray jersey is complemented by bright orange shorts with Adidas three marron side piping.

    Archive 2009-02-01

  • Galatasaray shirt sponsors, AVEA, have their logo placed in the centre in marron.

    Archive 2009-02-01

  • Aunt Marie-Françoise is bringing her gâteau de marron and soup bowls for her daughter's potage ...

    reveillon - French Word-A-Day

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  • "She had cut the last of the chestnut skins and buried the gleaming marrons in the ashes to bake with the yams, by the time he came back."
    —Diana Gabaldon, A Breath of Snow and Ashes (New York: Bantam Dell, 2005), 617

    February 1, 2010