Definitions for: Maroon

[n] an exploding firework used as a warning signal
[adj] dark brownish to purplish red
[v] isolate without resources; "The mutinous sailors were marooned on an island"
[v] leave stranded; put ashore on a desolate island and abandon

Webster (1913) Definition: Ma*roon", n. [Written also marroon.] [F. marron,
abbrev. fr. Sp. cimarron wild, unruly, from cima the summit
of a mountain; hence, negro cimarron a runaway negro that
lives in the mountains.]
In the West Indies and Guiana, a fugitive slave, or a free
negro, living in the mountains.

Ma*roon", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Marooned; p. pr. & vb.
n. Marooning.] [See Maroon a fugitive slave.]
To put (a person) ashore on a desolate island or coast and
leave him to his fate.

Marooning party, a social excursion party that sojourns
several days on the shore or in some retired place; a
prolonged picnic. [Southern U. S.] --Bartlett.

Ma*roon", a. [F. marron chestnut-colored, fr. marron a
large French chestnut, It. marrone; cf. LGr. ?. Cf.
Having the color called maroon. See 4th Maroon.

Maroon lake, lake prepared from madder, and distinguished
for its transparency and the depth and durability of its

Ma*roon", n.
1. A brownish or dull red of any description, esp. of a
scarlet cast rather than approaching crimson or purple.

2. An explosive shell. See Marron, 3.

Synonyms: brownish-red, chromatic, strand

See Also: abandon, desert, desolate, firework, forsake, insulate, isolate, pyrotechnics

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