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Maroon (US/UK /məˈrn/ mə-ROON,[2] Australia /məˈrn/ mə-ROHN[3]) is a brownish crimson color that takes its name from the French word marron, or chestnut.[4] "Marron" is also one of the French translations for "brown".

About these coordinates     Color coordinates
Hex triplet#800000
HSV       (h, s, v)(0°, 100%, 50%)
sRGBB  (rgb)(128, 0, 0)
ISCC–NBS descriptorDeep reddish brown
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)

According to multiple dictionaries, there are variabilities in defining the color maroon. The Cambridge English Dictionary defines maroon as a dark reddish-purple color while its "American Dictionary" section defines maroon as dark brown-red. This suggests slight perceptual differences in the U.K. versus North America.[5] Lexico online dictionary defines maroon as a brownish-red.[6] Similarly, defines maroon as a Dark purple.[7] The Oxford English Dictionary describes maroon as "a brownish crimson (strong red) or claret (purple color) color,"[8] while the Merriam-Webster online dictionary simply defines it as a dark red.[9]

A bunch of chestnuts. Maroon is derived from marron, French for chestnut.
The word "maroon" derives from the French marron, meaning chestnut.

In the sRGB color model for additive color representation, the web color called maroon is created by turning down the brightness of pure red to about one half. It is also noted that maroon is the complement of the web color called teal.[1]


Maroon is derived from French marron ("chestnut"),[10] itself from the Italian marrone that means both chestnut and brown (but the color maroon in Italian is granata and in French is grenat), from the medieval Greek maraon.[11]

The first recorded use of maroon as a color name in English was in 1789.[12]

In cultureEdit

  • Maroon is the signature color of the Japanese private rail company, Hankyu Railway, decided by a vote of women customers in 1923.[13] In the 1990s, Hankyu planned an alternative color as it was developing new vehicles. That plan was called off following opposition by local residents.
  • Maroon was named as the official color of the state of Queensland, Australia, in November 2003. While the declared shade of maroon in sRGB is R=115, G=24, B=44, Queenslanders display the spirit of the state by wearing all shades of maroon at sporting and cultural events.[14]
  • Maroon and gold are the official colors of the Minnesota State Patrol.
  • The distinctive maroon beret has been worn by many airborne forces around the world since 1942.[15] It is sometimes referred to as the "red beret."
  • Historically maroon was the distinguishing color of the Caçadores (rifle) regiments of the Portuguese Army.
School colors

Many universities, colleges, high schools and other educational institutions have maroon as one of their school colors. Popular combinations include maroon and white, maroon and grey, maroon and gold, and maroon and blue.


Sports teams often use maroon as one of their identifying colors, as a result many have received the nickname "Maroons".


Commercial variations of maroonEdit

Bright maroonEdit

Bright Maroon
      Color coordinates
Hex triplet#C32148
HSV       (h, s, v)(346°, 83%, 76%)
sRGBB  (rgb)(195, 34, 72)
ISCC–NBS descriptorVivid red
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)

Displayed in the adjacent table is the bright tone of maroon that was designated as maroon in Crayola crayons beginning in 1949.

It is a bright medium shade of maroon halfway between brown and rose.

The color halfway between brown and rose is crimson, so this color is also a tone of crimson.

Rich maroon (maroon (X11))Edit

Rich maroon [ maroon (X11) ]
      Color coordinates
Hex triplet#B03060
HSV       (h, s, v)(338°, 73%, 69%)
sRGBB  (rgb)(176, 48, 96)
SourceX11 color names#Color name clashes
ISCC–NBS descriptorStrong red
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)

Displayed in the adjacent table is the color rich maroon, i.e. maroon as defined in the X11 color names, which is much brighter and more toned toward rose than the HTML/CSS maroon shown above.

See the chart Color name clashes in the X11 color names article to see those colors that are different in HTML/CSS and X11.

Dark redEdit

Dark Red
      Color coordinates
Hex triplet#8B0000
HSV       (h, s, v)(0°, 100%, 55%)
sRGBB  (rgb)(139, 0, 0)
ISCC–NBS descriptorStrong reddish brown
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)

Displayed in the adjacent table is the web color dark red.

UP maroonEdit

UP Maroon
      Color coordinates
Hex triplet#7B1113
HSV       (h, s, v)(359°, 86.2%, 48.2%)
sRGBB  (rgb)(123, 17, 19)
ISCC–NBS descriptorDeep reddish brown
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)

UP Maroon is the shade used by the University of the Philippines as its primary color.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "CSS Color Module Level 3". 19 June 2018.
  2. ^ "maroon (Random House (US) & Collins (UK) dictionaries)". Retrieved 28 February 2015.
  3. ^ Australian Oxford Dictionary, Second Edition (2004). Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-551796-5
  4. ^ Cambridge English Dictionary on-line; "maroon is red!!!"; Webster's New World Dictionary of American English, 3rd College Edition, (1988). "A dark brown". Random House College Dictionary (1975), "a dark brownish".
  5. ^ Cambridge English Dictionary on-line
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  8. ^ Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th edition, 1973.
  9. ^ "Definition of MAROON".
  10. ^ "maroon". Princeton WordNet.[permanent dead link]
  11. ^ Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th Edition (1973).
  12. ^ Maerz and Paul. A Dictionary of Color. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1930, Page 198; Color Sample of Maroon: Page 37, Plate 7, Color Sample L7
  13. ^ Robertson, Jennifer Ellen (1998). Takarazuka: Sexual Politics and Popular Culture in Modern Japan (ebook ed.). p. 153. ISBN 978-0-520-92012-5.
  14. ^ "State Colour". Queensland Government.
  15. ^ "The Parachute Regiment "Paras"". Archived from the original on 2011-11-28.
  16. ^ Wong, Edward (February 18, 2009). "China Adds to Security Forces in Tibet Amid Calls for a Boycott". The New York Times.
  17. ^ Communications, Texas A&M University-Marketing &. "Brand Colors | University Brand Guide | Texas A&M University". Texas A&M University Brand Guide.
  18. ^ a b school-colors. "School Colors". Retrieved 2019-06-30.
  19. ^ "Colors and Type". University Relations. January 27, 2017.
  20. ^ "Minnesota Golden Gophers Colors". 27 July 2017. Retrieved 2018-04-23.
  21. ^ "Minnesota". NCAA. Retrieved 2018-04-23.
  22. ^ The Blue Book of College Athletics. Rohrich Corporation. 1966. p. 253.
  23. ^ "Autumn Events". Shimer College Record. 44 (4). October 1952. p. 2.
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  25. ^ McMenamin, Dave (17 December 2012). "Kobe Bryant feeling fine in Philly". ESPN. Retrieved 6 March 2016.
  26. ^ "Mississippi State Traditions".
  27. ^ "Mississippi State Traditions".
  28. ^ "Colgate at a Glance | Colgate University".
  29. ^ "Our Colors".
  30. ^ "Virginia Tech colors". Virginia Tech – History and Traditions. 2019.
  31. ^ "UP Visual Identity Guidebook 2017 now available online". University of the Philippines System. 2017.
  32. ^ "Mississippi State Traditions".
  33. ^ "From Parrots to Maroons".
  34. ^ "Maroon, Maroons, and the Phoenix".
  35. ^ According to the 1994 law, Latvijas valsts karogs ir sarkans ar baltu svītru. (Latvian national flag is red with a white stripe.) "Par Latvijas valsts karogu (The Latvian flag)" (in Latvian). The Saeima (legislature) of Latvia. 1994. Archived from the original on 2 March 2009. Sarkans is the word for "red" in Latvian, while "maroon" is petarde. Turkina, Eiženija & Zitare, K. (1977). Latvian-English Dictionary (second ed.). Waverly, Iowa: Latvju Gramata (Rota Press). OCLC 3085262.
  36. ^ Latvijas valsts karogs ir karmīnsarkans ar baltu horizontālu svītru. (The Latvian national flag is carmine with white horizontal stripes.)"Latvijas valsts karoga likums (The Latvian flag law)" (in Latvian). The Saeima (legislature) of Latvia. 17 November 2009.

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