Difference Between Maroon and Burgundy

Maroon vs Burgundy

Red is a bright color that is indicative of energy, passion, and brightness and daring. There are many different shades of red such as crimson, scarlet, maroon, burgundy, and so on. In fact, there are so many variations of red color that sometimes it becomes difficult to remember the name for a particular shade. People remain especially confused between maroon and burgundy, and there are some who feel that these shades are the same and, therefore, use the words interchangeably. However, even though maroon and burgundy might look similar, there are differences that will be talked about in this article.


Maroon is a color or rather a shade of red that is very deep. It is, in fact, a shade that is obtained by mixing the brown with red. The word maroon is derived from the French Marron for chestnut. The word was first used for a shade of red in 1791in English dictionaries. Maroon is the color of the robes of Buddhist monks that follow Vajrayana. It is also the color of many universities and sporting teams. Maroon is a color that can be described as pure dark red.


Burgundy is another shade of deep red that looks just like maroon confusing many. It is, however, lighter than the deep red of maroon and also carries a tinge of purple that is the result of mixing of a blue color into red. Burgundy shade got its name after Burgundy wine that is produced in a region, in France that is known by the same name. It is the dark red shade of this wine that gave the shade its name. The name burgundy was first used for a shade of red in 1881.

The interesting thing to note is that when used to indicate the color, there is no capitalization in the spelling of burgundy. Burgundy remains the most popular shade among women when it comes to lipsticks and hair colors.

Maroon vs Burgundy

• Both burgundy and maroon are deep red in shade, but burgundy has a purplish tinge, whereas maroon has a brownish tinge

• The name burgundy comes from Burgundy wine from France that has this shade.

• Maroon is derived from the word Marron used by French for chestnut.