Term generally used to describe pirates. Maroon comes from the Caribbean, where the Spanish word "cimarrĂ³n" was used to describe anything wild or untamed, used for runaway slaves and later for lost people in general. The practice of marooning was a punishment, used by pirates, in which a seaman was left on a desert island to die. The Caribbean is ideal for this because by high tide its many small sand islands disappear, and eventually the marooned pirate would die.