maroon

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1ma·roon

noun \mə-ˈrün\

Definition of MAROON

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
:  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

2maroon

verb

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

Full Definition of MAROON

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

First Known Use of MAROON

circa 1709

3maroon

noun

Definition of MAROON

:  a dark red

Origin of MAROON

French marron Spanish chestnut
First Known Use: 1779

Other Color Terms

argentine, cerise, cerulean, cyan, ocher, perse, puce, taupe, vermilion

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