To maroon is to strand someone in an isolated place, often a deserted island. Think of “Gilligan’s Island,” “Survivor,” or “Lost” — TV shows that feature folks marooned on islands — and you’ve got the idea.

Maroon can be a noun or verb, depending on how you use it. If you maroon your best friend on a deserted island, in addition to being a terrible friend, you’re using the word as a verb. If this friend was wearing a brownish-red shirt at the time he was marooned, you would use the adjective maroon to describe the shirt’s color.

Definitions of maroon
  1. noun

    a dark purplish-red to dark brownish-red color

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    type of:

    purplish red, purplish-red

    a red with a tinge of purple

  2. adjective

    of dark brownish to purplish red



    being or having or characterized by hue
  3. verb

    leave stranded or isolated with little hope of rescue

    “the travellers were
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    type of:

    abandon, desert, desolate, forsake

    leave someone who needs or counts on you; leave in the lurch

  4. verb

    leave stranded on a desert island without resources

    “The mutinous sailors were
    marooned on an island”
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    type of:

    insulate, isolate

    place or set apart

  5. noun

    a person who is stranded (as on an island)

    “when the tide came in I was a
    maroon out there”
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    type of:

    unfortunate, unfortunate person

    a person who suffers misfortune

  6. noun

    an exploding firework used as a warning signal

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    type of:

    firework, pyrotechnic

    (usually plural) a device with an explosive that burns at a low rate and with colored flames; can be used to illuminate areas or send signals etc.

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