[ mahr-juh-neyt ]

adjectiveAlso mar·gin·at·ed.
  1. having a margin.

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

verb (used with object),mar·gin·at·ed, mar·gin·at·ing.
  1. 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

Other words from marginate

  • mar·gin·a·tion, noun
  • un·mar·gin·at·ed, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for marginate


/ (ˈmɑːdʒɪˌneɪt) /

  1. (tr) to provide with a margin or margins

  1. biology having a margin of a distinct colour or form: marginate leaves

Origin of marginate

C18: from Latin margināre

Derived forms of marginate

  • margination, noun

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