[ mahr-jin ]
/ ˈmɑr dʒɪn /


verb (used with object)

Nearby words

  1. margelan,
  2. margent,
  3. margery,
  4. margherita,
  5. margie,
  6. margin account,
  7. margin call,
  8. margin line,
  9. margin of safety,
  10. margin plank

Origin of margin

1300–50; Middle English < Latin margin- (stem of margō) border; akin to march2

Synonym study

4. See edge. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for margin


archaic margent (ˈmɑːdʒənt)

/ (ˈmɑːdʒɪn) /


verb (tr)

to provide with a margin; border
finance to deposit a margin upon

Word Origin for margin

C14: from Latin margō border; related to march ², mark 1

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Word Origin and History for margin
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for margin


[ märjĭn ]


A border or edge, as of an organ.
A limit in a condition or process, beyond or below which something is no longer possible or acceptable.
An amount that is allowed but that is beyond what is needed.
A measure, quantity, or degree of difference.

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