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maroon

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noun ma·roon \mə-ˈrün\

Definition of maroon

  1. 1 capitalized :  a fugitive black slave of the West Indies and Guiana in the 17th and 18th centuries; also :  a descendant of such a slave

  2. 2 :  a person who is marooned



Origin of maroon

probably from French maron, marron feral, fugitive, modification of American Spanish cimarrón wild, savage


First Known Use: 1666


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maroon

verb ma·roon

Simple Definition of maroon

  • : to leave (someone) in a place (such as an island) that is difficult or impossible to get away from

Full Definition of maroon

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to put ashore on a desolate island or coast and leave to one's fate

  3. 2 :  to place or leave in isolation or without hope of ready escape

Examples of maroon

  1. <pets that had been cruelly marooned by their owners at the end of the summer>



Circa 1709

First Known Use of maroon

circa 1709


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maroon

noun ma·roon

Definition of maroon

  1. :  a dark red



Origin of maroon

French marron Spanish chestnut


First Known Use: 1779


MAROON Defined for Kids

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maroon

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verb ma·roon \mə-ˈrün\

Definition of maroon

ma·roonedma·roon·ing

  1. :  to abandon in a place that is difficult to escape from <The sailors were marooned on an island.>




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maroon

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noun ma·roon

Definition of maroon

  1. :  a dark red





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