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ma·roon 1

tr.v. ma·rooned, ma·roon·ing, ma·roons
1. To put ashore on a deserted island or coast and intentionally abandon.
2. To abandon or isolate with little hope of ready rescue or escape: The travelers were marooned by the blizzard.
1. often Maroon
a. A fugitive black slave in the West Indies in the 1600s and 1700s.
b. A descendant of such a slave.
2. A person who is marooned, as on an island.

[From French marron, fugitive slave, from American Spanish cimarrón, wild, runaway, perhaps from cima, summit (from runaways' fleeing to the mountains), from Latin cȳma, sprout; see cyma.]

ma·roon 2

A dark reddish brown to dark purplish red.

[French marron, chestnut, from Italian marrone.]


1. left ashore and abandoned, esp on an island
2. isolated without resources
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.marooned - cut off or left behind; "an isolated pawn"; "several stranded fish in a tide pool"; "travelers marooned by the blizzard"
unaccompanied - being without an escort


[məˈruːnd] adj (= stuck) → coincé(e)
to be marooned in → être coincé(e) dans
He spent twenty-four hours marooned in the cab of his vehicle → Il a passé vingt-quatre heures coincé dans la cabine de son véhicule.
marooned at home → coincé(e) chez soi
References in classic literature ?
Three days from the spot where Tarzan had been marooned the Kincaid came to anchor in the mouth of a great river, and presently Rokoff came to Jane Clayton's cabin.
He told how his vessel had been run down by a steamer; how he had been boarded by Malay pirates; how his ship had caught fire; how he helped a political prisoner escape from a South African republic; how he had been wrecked one fall on the Magdalens and stranded there for the winter; how a tiger had broken loose on board ship; how his crew had mutinied and marooned him on a barren island--these and many other tales, tragic or humorous or grotesque, did Captain Jim relate.
Upon it was some desolate flotsam cast aside by the room's marooned when a lucky sail had borne them to a fresh port--a trifling vase or two, pictures of actresses, a medicine bottle, some stray cards out of a deck.