Meaning of MARGIN in English

I. ˈmär-jən noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin margin-, margo border — more at mark

Date: 14th century

1. : the part of a page or sheet outside the main body of printed or written matter

2. : the outside limit and adjoining surface of something : edge

at the margin of the woods

continental margin


a. : a spare amount or measure or degree allowed or given for contingencies or special situations

left no margin for error


(1) : a bare minimum below which or an extreme limit beyond which something becomes impossible or is no longer desirable

on the margin of good taste

(2) : the limit below which economic activity cannot be continued under normal conditions

c. : an area, state, or condition excluded from or existing outside the mainstream

the margin s of critical discourse — Barbara L. Packer

living in society's margin s


a. : the difference which exists between net sales and the cost of merchandise sold and from which expenses are usually met or profit derived

b. : the excess market value of collateral over the face of a loan


(1) : cash or collateral that is deposited by a client with a commodity or securities broker to protect the broker from loss on a contract

(2) : the client's equity in securities bought with the aid of credit obtained specifically (as from a broker) for that purpose

d. : a range about a specified figure within which a purchase is to be made

5. : measure or degree of difference

the bill passed by a one-vote margin

• mar·gined -jənd adjective

II. transitive verb

Date: 1715


a. : to provide with an edging or border

b. : to form a margin to : border


a. : to add margin to

margin up an account


(1) : to use as margin

margin bonds to buy stock

(2) : to provide margin for

margin a transaction

c. : to buy (securities) on margin

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.