maroon




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

    synonyms:
    brownish-red

    chromatic

    being or having or characterized by hue
  3. verb

    leave stranded or isolated with little hope of rescue

    “the travellers were
    marooned
    synonyms:
    strand
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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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