noun (1)
ma·​roon | \ mə-ˈrün How to pronounce maroon (audio) \

Definition of maroon

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a dark red


marooned; marooning; maroons

Definition of maroon (Entry 2 of 3)

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


noun (2)

Definition of maroon (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : a person who is marooned
2 capitalized : a fugitive Black slave of the West Indies and Guiana in the 17th and 18th centuries also : a descendant of such a slave

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Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of maroon in a Sentence

Verb pets that had been cruelly marooned by their owners at the end of the summer

First Known Use of maroon

Noun (1)

1779, in the meaning defined above


circa 1709, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1666, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for maroon

Noun (1)

French marron Spanish chestnut

Noun (2)

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

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“Maroon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of maroon

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


ma·​roon | \ mə-ˈrün How to pronounce maroon (audio) \
marooned; marooning

Kids Definition of maroon

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



Kids Definition of maroon (Entry 2 of 2)

: a dark red

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