[ mahr-juh-neyt ]
/ ˈmɑr dʒəˌneɪt /

adjective Also mar·gin·at·ed.

having a margin.
Entomology. having the margin of a distinct color: marginate with purple.

verb (used with object), mar·gin·at·ed, mar·gin·at·ing.

to furnish with a margin; border.

Origin of marginate

1600–10; < Latin marginātus, past participle of margināre to provide with borders or edges. See margin, -ate1

Related forms

mar·gin·a·tion, nounun·mar·gin·at·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for marginate


/ (ˈmɑːdʒɪˌneɪt) /


(tr) to provide with a margin or margins


biology having a margin of a distinct colour or formmarginate leaves

Derived Forms

margination, noun

Word Origin for marginate

C18: from Latin margināre
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