Crimson vs Maroon what difference

what is difference between Crimson and Maroon

English

Etymology

Late Middle English cremesyn, from obsolete French cramoisin or Old Spanish cremesin, from Arabic قِرْمِز(qirmiz), from Persian کرمست(kirmist), from Middle Persian; see Proto-Indo-Iranian *kŕ̥miš. Cognate with Sanskrit कृमिज (kṛmija). Doublet of kermes; also see carmine.

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈkɹɪmzən/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈkɹɪmzən/, /ˈkɹɪmsən/

Noun

crimson (countable and uncountable, plural crimsons)
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  1. A deep, slightly bluish red.
    • 1904, Arthur Conan Doyle, “The Adventure of the Priory School” in The Return of Sherlock Holmes,[1]
      To my horror I perceived that the yellow blossoms were all dabbled with crimson.

Translations

Adjective

crimson (comparative more crimson, superlative most crimson)

  1. Having a deep red colour.
    • Breezes blowing from beds of iris quickened her breath with their perfume; she saw the tufted lilacs sway in the wind, and the streamers of mauve-tinted wistaria swinging, all a-glisten with golden bees; she saw a crimson cardinal winging through the foliage, and amorous tanagers flashing like scarlet flames athwart the pines.
    • 1950, Mervyn Peake, Gormenghast
      Her crimson dress inflames grey corridors, or flaring in a sunshaft through high branches makes of the deep green shadows a greenness darker yet, and a darkness greener.
  2. Immodest. (Can we add an example for this sense?)

Translations

Verb

crimson (third-person singular simple present crimsons, present participle crimsoning, simple past and past participle crimsoned)

  1. (intransitive) To become crimson or deep red; to blush.
    • 1885, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, “The Ring” in The Poetical Works of Alfred, Lord Tennyson, New York and Boston: Thomas Y. Crowell & Co., Volume 2, p. 662,[2]
      Father. Why do you look so gravely at the tower?
      Miram. I never saw it yet so all ablaze
      With creepers crimsoning to the pinnacles,
  2. (transitive) To dye with crimson or deep red; to redden.
    • c. 1599, William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, Act III, Scene 1,[3]
      Here didst thou fall; and here thy hunters stand,
      Sign’d in thy spoil, and crimson’d in thy lethe.
    • 1811, Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility, London: Macmillan, 1902, Chapter 28, p. 153,[4]
      Her face was crimsoned over, and she exclaimed, in a voice of the greatest emotion, “Good God! Willoughby, what is the meaning of this? []
    • 1936, William Faulkner, Absalom, Absalom!, New York: Modern Library, 1951, Chapter 5, p. 138,[5]
      [] that sheetless bed (that nuptial couch of love and grief) with the pale and bloody corpse in its patched and weathered gray crimsoning the bare mattress []

Translations

Derived terms

  • crimson lake

Related terms

  • kermes
  • carmine

See also

  • (reds) red; blood red, brick red, burgundy, cardinal, carmine, carnation, cerise, cherry, cherry red, Chinese red, cinnabar, claret, crimson, damask, fire brick, fire engine red, flame, flamingo, fuchsia, garnet, geranium, gules, hot pink, incarnadine, Indian red, magenta, maroon, misty rose, nacarat, oxblood, pillar-box red, pink, Pompeian red, poppy, raspberry, red violet, rose, rouge, ruby, ruddy, salmon, sanguine, scarlet, shocking pink, stammel, strawberry, Turkey red, Venetian red, vermillion, vinaceous, vinous, violet red, wine (Category: en:Reds)

Further reading

  • Oxford English Dictionary, 1884–1928, and First Supplement, 1933.

Anagrams

  • microns


English

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /məˈɹuːn/, /məˈɹəʊn/, /məˈɹəʉn/
  • Hyphenation: ma‧roon
  • Rhymes: -uːn, -əʊn

Etymology 1

From French marron (feral; fugitive, adjective), from Spanish cimarrón (fugitive, wild, feral), from Taíno.

Noun

maroon (plural maroons)

  1. An escaped negro slave of the Caribbean and the Americas or a descendant of escaped slaves. [from 17th c.]
    • 1985, Wade Davis, The Serpent and the Rainbow, Simon & Schuster, p. 193:
      Further north a Maroon community in the Bahoruco Mountains thrived for eighty-five years, until the French proposed a truce under the terms of which the Maroons would be permitted to form an independent clan.
    • 2007, Kevin Filan, The Haitian Vodou Handbook, Destiny Books 2007, p. 14:
      Joining others who had escaped before them, they formed communities of Maroons in which many traditional African customs and social mores were preserved.
  2. A castaway; a person who has been marooned. [from 19th c.]
    Synonym: castaway
Alternative forms
  • Maroon
Translations

Adjective

maroon (not comparable)

  1. Associated with Maroon culture, communities or peoples.
    • 2002, Cynthia James, The Maroon Narrative: Caribbean Literature in English Across Boundaries, Ethnicities, and Centuries, Heinemann Educational Books
      In her discussion of Michelle Cliff’s Abeng, a novel that historicizes maroon culture and the Jamaican warrior heroine Nanny of the Maroons, Francoise Lionnet examines linguistic “metissage” []
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Verb

maroon (third-person singular simple present maroons, present participle marooning, simple past and past participle marooned)

  1. To abandon in a remote, desolate place, as on a desert island.
    • 2010, Brogan Steele, From the Jaws of Death: Extreme True Adventures of Man vs. Nature, St. Martin’s Griffin (→ISBN), page 231:
      After the harrowing stories of being marooned at sea and stranded in the frozen wastelands of Alaska and the Poles, one would think that survival on dry land would be easier []
Derived terms
  • marooner
Translations

Further reading

  • A good short account of the “Bush Negroes” in Suriname

Etymology 2

French marron (chestnut; brown), from Italian marrone (chestnut; brown), from Byzantine Greek μάραον (máraon, sweet chestnut). Compare Spanish marrón.

Noun

maroon (plural maroons)

  1. A rich dark red, somewhat brownish, color.
    • 2009, Ben Long, The Nikon D90 Companion: Practical Photography Advice You Can Take Anywhere, O’Reilly Media, Inc. (→ISBN), page 176:
      Is it a really dark maroon or a lighter maroon or a maroon that leans toward the red side? Or the magenta side? To address this issue, scientists use something called a color space.
Translations

Adjective

maroon (comparative more maroon, superlative most maroon)

  1. Of a maroon color
Translations

See also

  • (reds) red; blood red, brick red, burgundy, cardinal, carmine, carnation, cerise, cherry, cherry red, Chinese red, cinnabar, claret, crimson, damask, fire brick, fire engine red, flame, flamingo, fuchsia, garnet, geranium, gules, hot pink, incarnadine, Indian red, magenta, maroon, misty rose, nacarat, oxblood, pillar-box red, pink, Pompeian red, poppy, raspberry, red violet, rose, rouge, ruby, ruddy, salmon, sanguine, scarlet, shocking pink, stammel, strawberry, Turkey red, Venetian red, vermillion, vinaceous, vinous, violet red, wine (Category: en:Reds)

Etymology 3

Unknown. Possibly owing to the fact that the color of a fired flare was commonly red.

Noun

maroon (plural maroons)

  1. (nautical) A rocket-propelled firework or skyrocket, often one used as a signal (e.g. to summon the crew of a lifeboat or warn of an air raid).
    • 1887, “Metropolitan Reports,” The Chemist and Druggist, 5 November, 1887, p. 564,[1]
      On Sunday afternoon a serious firework explosion occurred in Lambeth, whereby three persons were seriously injured. Two lads [] purchased a firework called a “maroon”, which is a bomb consisting of a small ball of string covered with a red composition. It is loaded with gunpowder, and there is also a fuse attached.
    • 1891, William Archer (translator), “At the Fair” in Tales of Two Countries by Alexander Kielland, New York: Harper, p. 73,[2]
      As the evening falls, colored lamps and Chinese lanterns are lighted around the venerable oak which stands in the middle of the fairground and boys climb about among its topmost branches with maroons and Bengal lights.
    • 1900, Alan C. Jenkins, Introducing Horses, London: Spring Books,[3]
      Many a seaman’s life may have depended on equine speed and strength. Some of these ‘Lifeboat Horses’ used to recognise the maroon which was fired to summon the Lifeboat crew. Long after its retirement one of the horses which regularly helped to haul the Hoylake Lifeboat heard a maroon fired one day when it was working in the neighbouring fields. It immediately became very excited and made for the boathouse.
    • 1932, George Bernard Shaw, Too True to Be Good, Act II,[4]
      And now I am off to inspect stores. There is a shortage of maroons that I don’t understand.
    • 1933, H. G. Wells, The Shape of Things to Come, Book 2, Chapter 9,[5]
      The big air raids [] were much more dreadful than the air raids of the World War. They began with a nightmare of warning maroons, sirens, hooters and the shrill whistles of cyclist scouts, then swarms of frantic people running to and fro []

Etymology 4

From an intentional mispronunciation of the word moron used by the cartoon character Bugs Bunny.

Noun

maroon (plural maroons)

  1. (slang, derogatory) An idiot; a fool.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:fool, Thesaurus:idiot
    • 2011, S. Watts Taylor, Tarnish, iUniverse (2011), →ISBN, page 21:
      At least, I would not be sleeping that night. Why did I have that espresso? What a maroon!

Anagrams

  • Morano, Romano-, romano

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