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maroon

EnglishEdit

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PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /məˈruːn/, /məˈrəʊn/, /məˈrəʉn/
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  • Hyphenation: ma‧roon
  • Rhymes: -uːn, -əʊn

Etymology 1Edit

Derived from the American-Spanish cimarrón, meaning “fugitive,” “wild”, “untamed”.

NounEdit

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maroon (plural maroons)

  1. An escaped negro slave of the Caribbean and the Americas or a descendant of escaped slaves.
  2. A castaway; a person who has been marooned.
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AdjectiveEdit

maroon (not comparable)

  1. Associated with Maroon culture, communities or peoples.

VerbEdit

maroon (third-person singular simple present maroons, present participle marooning, simple past and past participle marooned)

  1. To abandon in a remote, desolate place, as on a deserted island.

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Etymology 2Edit

French marron (chestnut; brown).

NounEdit

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maroon (plural maroons)

  1. A dark red, somewhat brownish, color.
    maroon colour:    
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maroon (comparative more maroon, superlative most maroon)

  1. Of a maroon color
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Etymology 3Edit

Unknown

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maroon (plural maroons)

  1. (nautical) A rocket fired to summon the crew of a lifeboat.

Etymology 4Edit

From an intentional mispronunciation of the word moron used by the cartoon character Bugs Bunny.

NounEdit

maroon (plural maroons)

  1. (slang, derogatory) An idiot; a fool.
    • 2011, S. Watts Taylor, Tarnish, iUniverse (2011), ISBN 9781462002023, page 21:
      At least, I would not be sleeping that night. Why did I have that espresso? What a maroon!
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