Definitions for marginˈmɑr dʒɪn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

mar•ginˈmɑr dʒɪn(n.)

  1. the space around the printed or written matter on a page.

  2. a border; edge.

  3. an amount allowed or available beyond what is necessary:

    margin for error.

  4. a limit beyond or below which something ceases to exist or to be desirable or possible:

    the margin of endurance.

  5. an amount or degree of difference:

    to win by a margin of three votes.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  6. security, usu. a percentage of a transaction, that a client deposits with a broker as a provision against loss. the amount representing the client's investment or equity in such an account.

    Category: Business

  7. the difference between the amount of a loan and the market value of the collateral pledged as security for it.

    Category: Business

  8. the difference between the cost of merchandise and the net sales.

    Category: Business

  9. the point at which the return from economic activity barely covers the cost of production and below which production is unprofitable.

    Category: Business

  10. (v.t.)to provide with a margin or border.

  11. to enter in the margin, as of a book.

  12. to deposit a margin upon: to purchase (securities) on margin.

    to margin an account.

    Category: Business

Origin of margin:

1350–1400; ME < L margin- (s. of margō) border

Princeton's WordNet

  1. margin, border, perimeter(noun)

    the boundary line or the area immediately inside the boundary

  2. margin(noun)

    an amount beyond the minimum necessary

    "the margin of victory"

  3. margin, security deposit(noun)

    the amount of collateral a customer deposits with a broker when borrowing from the broker to buy securities

  4. gross profit, gross profit margin, margin(noun)

    (finance) the net sales minus the cost of goods and services sold

  5. margin(noun)

    the blank space that surrounds the text on a page

    "he jotted a note in the margin"

  6. allowance, leeway, margin, tolerance(noun)

    a permissible difference; allowing some freedom to move within limits

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. margin(noun)ˈmɑr dʒɪn

    an empty space at the side of a page

    There were notes written in the margin.

  2. marginˈmɑr dʒɪn

    the amount sth is won by

    to win by a wide/narrow margin

  3. marginˈmɑr dʒɪn

    an allowance of extra time, money, etc. that is included in order to guarantee success

    The problem with this system is that there's no margin for error.


  1. margin(Noun)

    The edge of the paper that remains blank.

  2. margin(Noun)

    The edge of any flat surface.

  3. margin(Noun)

    The edge defining inclusion in or exclusion from of a set or group.

  4. margin(Noun)

    A difference between results, characteristics, scores.

  5. margin(Noun)

    A permissible difference; allowing some freedom to move within limits.

    margin of error

  6. margin(Noun)

    The yield or profit; the selling price minus the cost of production.

  7. margin(Verb)

    To add a margin to.

  8. Origin: From marginis, genitive of margo.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Margin(noun)

    a border; edge; brink; verge; as, the margin of a river or lake

  2. Margin(noun)

    specifically: The part of a page at the edge left uncovered in writing or printing

  3. Margin(noun)

    the difference between the cost and the selling price of an article

  4. Margin(noun)

    something allowed, or reserved, for that which can not be foreseen or known with certainty

  5. Margin(noun)

    collateral security deposited with a broker to secure him from loss on contracts entered into by him on behalf of his principial, as in the speculative buying and selling of stocks, wheat, etc

  6. Margin(verb)

    to furnish with a margin

  7. Margin(verb)

    to enter in the margin of a page


  1. Margin

    In finance, a margin is collateral that the holder of a financial instrument has to deposit to cover some or all of the credit risk of their counterparty. This risk can arise if the holder has done any of the following: ⁕Borrowed cash from the counterparty to buy financial instruments, ⁕Sold financial instruments short, or ⁕Entered into a derivative contract. The collateral can be in the form of cash or securities, and it is deposited in a margin account. On United States futures exchanges, margins were formerly called performance bonds. Most of the exchanges today use SPAN methodology, which was developed by the Chicago Mercantile Exchange in 1988, for calculating margins for options and futures.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. margin

    In cartography, the area of a map or chart lying outside the border.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'margin' in Nouns Frequency: #1509

Anagrams of margin

  1. Ingram

  2. arming

Translations for margin

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the blank edge round a page of writing or print

Please write your comments in the margin.

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