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maroon2

ma·roon2

maroon2

 
 
pronunciation:
m run
parts of speech:
transitive verb, noun
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: marooned, marooning, maroons
definition 1: to put and leave (someone) ashore on an island or remote coast.
synonyms:
strand
similar words:
abandon, jettison, seclude
definition 2: to leave (someone) isolated with little prospect of help or rescue.
synonyms:
abandon, desert, forsake, strand
 
part of speech: noun
definition: any of a group of West Indians who are descended from fugitive African slaves of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
Word History
Maroon1 and maroon2 are homographs; they are spelled the same but have different meanings and different origins. Maroon1 comes from a French word that means "a chestnut" (a deep red-brown nut). Maroon2 comes from an early Spanish word that meant "a mountain-top." Five hundred years ago, in the West Indies, a "maroon" was an escaped slave who had fled to the mountains to escape Spanish rulers. The word "maroon" later came to mean "to abandon someone in a wild and isolated place."