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
    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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