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Maroon vs. Red: What's the Difference?

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Maroon is a dark, brownish-red color, while red is a primary color representing the longest wavelengths perceivable by the human eye.

Key Differences

Maroon and red are both colors found in the color spectrum, but they are distinguished mainly by their tone and shade. Maroon is a dark, brownish-red color, typically associated with richness and depth. It is often seen as a more muted and less vibrant shade compared to red. The name "maroon" is derived from the French word "marron," which means chestnut, a reflection of the color’s brownish hue.
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On the other hand, red is a primary color that is at the extreme end of the visible light spectrum. It is bold, vibrant, and attention-grabbing, often associated with strong emotions like love and anger. The term "red" is derived from the Old English word "rēad." Red is seen as a more generalized color term compared to maroon, which represents a specific shade of red.
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When observing these colors in nature or art, maroon tends to evoke a sense of sophistication and reserved elegance due to its depth and richness. It's a color that is often used in formal attire, academic robes, or corporate logos, signaling professionalism and seriousness. Red, however, being bright and eye-catching, is frequently employed to grab attention and evoke emotions. It is a color commonly used in stop signs, branding, and festive decorations, symbolizing excitement and passion.
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In terms of application and perception, maroon is seen as a more subdued and elegant shade, ideal for formal and composed settings, and it often implies a sense of tradition and respectability. Red, with its high visibility and vibrancy, is used to attract attention and signify importance or urgency. It is a versatile color with different shades and tones representing various moods and meanings, from the softness of pink to the richness of burgundy.
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Comparison Chart

Hue

Brownish-red
Pure color on the spectrum
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Tone

Darker, more muted
Brighter, more vibrant
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Usage

Formal, sophisticated
Attention-grabbing, emotional
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Associations

Elegance, seriousness, tradition
Passion, excitement, importance
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Origin of the Name

French word "marron" for chestnut
Old English word "rēad"
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Maroon and Red Definitions

Maroon

A color resembling the shade of chestnuts.
She wore a maroon dress to the formal event.
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Red

A primary color at the end of the visible spectrum.
The red apple looked juicy and delicious.
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Maroon

A shade associated with formality and tradition.
The university's colors are maroon and white.
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Red

A bold, attention-grabbing hue.
The red sign caught the attention of all passersby.
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Maroon

A dark, brownish-red color.
The maroon curtains added a touch of elegance to the room.
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Red

A versatile color with various shades representing different moods.
The soft red of the sunset created a calming atmosphere.
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Maroon

To put ashore on a deserted island or coast and intentionally abandon.
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Red

The hue of the long-wavelength end of the visible spectrum, evoked in the human observer by radiant energy with wavelengths of approximately 630 to 750 nanometers; any of a group of colors that may vary in lightness and saturation and whose hue resembles that of blood; one of the additive or light primaries; one of the psychological primary hues.
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Maroon

To abandon or isolate with little hope of ready rescue or escape
The travelers were marooned by the blizzard.
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Red

A pigment or dye having a red hue.
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Maroon

A fugitive black slave in the West Indies in the 1600s and 1700s.
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Red

Something that has a red hue.
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Maroon

A descendant of such a slave.
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Red

Often Red A Communist.
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Maroon

A person who is marooned, as on an island.
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Red

A revolutionary activist.
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Maroon

A dark reddish brown to dark purplish red.
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Red

The condition of being in debt or operating at a loss
The firm has been in the red all year.
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Maroon

An escaped negro of the Caribbean and the Americas or a descendant of such a person.
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Red

Having a color resembling that of blood.
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Maroon

A castaway; a person who has been marooned.
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Red

Reddish in color or having parts that are reddish in color
A red dog.
A red oak.
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Maroon

A rich dark red, somewhat brownish, color.
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Red

Having a reddish or coppery skin color.
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Maroon

(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).
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Red

Often Red Often Offensive Of or being a Native American.
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Maroon

An idiot; a fool.
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Red

Having a ruddy or flushed complexion
Red with embarrassment.
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Maroon

Associated with Maroon culture, communities or peoples.
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Red

Relating to or being a red state.
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Maroon

Of a maroon color
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Red

Often Red Communist.
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Maroon

To abandon in a remote, desolate place, as on a desert island.
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Red

Having red#Noun as its color.
The girl wore a red skirt.
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Maroon

In the West Indies and Guiana, a fugitive slave, or a free negro, living in the mountains.
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Red

(of hair) Having an orange-brown or orange-blond colour; ginger.
Her hair had red highlights.
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Maroon

A brownish or dull red of any description, esp. of a scarlet cast rather than approaching crimson or purple.
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Red

(of the skin) With a red hue due to embarrassment or sunburn.
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Maroon

An explosive shell. See Marron, 3.
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Red

Of the hearts or diamonds suits. Compare of the spades or clubs suits
I got two red queens, and he got one of the black queens.
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Maroon

To put (a person) ashore on a desolate island or coast and leave him to his fate.
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Red

Supportive of, related to, or dominated by a political party or movement represented by the color red:
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Maroon

Having the color called maroon. See 4th Maroon.
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Red

Left-wing parties and movements, chiefly socialist or communist, including the U.K. Labour party and the Social Democratic Party of Germany.
The red-black grand coalition in Germany
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Maroon

A person who is stranded (as on an island);
When the tide came in I was a maroon out there
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Red

(US politics) The U.S. Republican Party.
A red state
A red Congress
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Maroon

A dark purplish red to dark brownish red
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Red

Amerind; relating to Amerindians or First Nations
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Maroon

An exploding firework used as a warning signal
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Red

(astronomy) Of the lower-frequency region of the (typically visible) part of the electromagnetic spectrum which is relevant in the specific observation.
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Maroon

Leave stranded or isolated withe little hope og rescue;
The travellers were marooned
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Red

(particle physics) Having a color charge of red.
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Maroon

Leave stranded on a desert island without resources;
The mutinous sailors were marooned on an island
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Red

Any of a range of colours having the longest wavelengths, 670 nm, of the visible spectrum; a primary additive colour for transmitted light: the colour obtained by subtracting green and blue from white light using magenta and yellow filters; the colour of blood, ripe strawberries, etc.
Red can be seen as hot or angry.
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Maroon

Dark brownish to purplish red
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Red

(countable) A revolutionary socialist or (most commonly) a Communist; usually capitalized a Bolshevik, a supporter of the Bolsheviks in the Russian Civil War.
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Maroon

A color representing richness and depth.
The maroon upholstery seemed sophisticated and refined.
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Red

One of the 15 red balls used in snooker, distinguished from the colours.
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Maroon

A muted and reserved shade of red.
The maroon carpet created a cozy and warm atmosphere.
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Red

Red wine.
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Red

(countable) Any of several varieties of ale which are brewed with red or kilned malt, giving the beer a red colour.
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Red

A red kangaroo.
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Red

A redshank.
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Red

An American Indian.
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Red

(slang) The drug secobarbital; a capsule of this drug.
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Red

(informal) A red light a traffic signal
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Red

(particle physics) One of the three color charges for quarks.
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Red

Usually in the phrase "bowl of red".
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Red

(informal) The redfish or red drum, Sciaenops ocellatus, a fish with reddish fins and scales.
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Red

Tomato ketchup.
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Red

(archaic) rede
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Red

To put on order; to make tidy; also, to free from entanglement or embarrassement; - generally with up; as, to red up a house.
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Red

Of the color of blood, or of a tint resembling that color; of the hue of that part of the rainbow, or of the solar spectrum, which is furthest from the violet part.
Your color, I warrant you, is as red as any rose.
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Red

The color of blood, or of that part of the spectrum farthest from violet, or a tint resembling these.
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Red

A red pigment.
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Red

The menses.
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Red

The quality or state of the chromatic color resembling the hue of blood
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Red

A tributary of the Mississippi River that flows eastward from Texas along the southern boundary of Oklahoma and through Louisiana
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Red

Emotionally charged terms used to refer to extreme radicals or revolutionaries
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Red

The amount by which the cost of a business exceeds its revenue;
The company operated at a loss last year
The company operated in the red last year
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Red

Having any of numerous bright or strong colors reminiscent of the color of blood or cherries or tomatoes or rubies
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Red

Characterized by violence or bloodshed;
Writes of crimson deeds and barbaric days
Fann'd by Conquest's crimson wing
Convulsed with red rage
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Red

(especially of the face) reddened or suffused with or as if with blood from emotion or exertion;
Crimson with fury
Turned red from exertion
With puffy reddened eyes
Red-faced and violent
Flushed (or crimson) with embarrassment
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Red

Red with or characterized by blood;
Waving our red weapons o'er our heads
The Red Badge of Courage
The red rules of tooth and claw
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Red

A color symbolizing passion and excitement.
She painted her nails red to match her vibrant personality.
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Red

A color often associated with love and anger.
He gave her a red rose as a symbol of his love.
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FAQs

Does maroon have a brownish tone?

Yes, maroon is characterized by its brownish undertone.
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Is maroon more formal than red?

Maroon is often perceived as more formal and sophisticated compared to the vibrant and attention-grabbing red.
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Can red symbolize both love and anger?

Yes, red is versatile and can symbolize intense emotions like love and anger.
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Is red more attention-grabbing than maroon?

Generally, the brightness and vibrancy of red make it more attention-grabbing than the muted maroon.
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Does the word maroon derive from the French word for chestnut?

Yes, maroon is derived from the French word "marron," meaning chestnut.
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Is maroon a shade of red?

Yes, maroon is considered a brownish-red shade.
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Is red a symbol of excitement?

Yes, red is often associated with excitement and passion.
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Can maroon be used in formal settings?

Yes, maroon is often suitable for formal and elegant settings due to its subdued and rich tone.
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Is red a primary color?

Yes, red is one of the three primary colors.
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Is red the color of stop signs?

Yes, stop signs are typically red to grab attention and signify importance.
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Is maroon darker than red?

Generally, maroon is a darker and more muted shade compared to red.
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Can maroon be associated with seriousness?

Yes, the rich and subdued tone of maroon can represent seriousness and formality.
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Can maroon represent elegance and tradition?

Yes, maroon is often associated with elegance, sophistication, and tradition.
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Does red have various shades and tones?

Yes, red has a variety of shades and tones, each representing different moods and meanings.
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Can red signify danger?

Yes, red is often used to signify danger due to its visibility and association with warning and alert.
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