General English

General Science

  • noun an amount by which an amount or estimate may be different from the one expected without it causing a problem.
  • noun an amount of extra time or space


  • noun the difference between the money received when selling a product and the money paid for it
  • noun the difference between interest paid to depositors and interest charged to borrowers by a bank, building society, etc.
  • noun a deposit paid when purchasing a futures contract


  • noun the edge of a place or thing
  • noun the difference between the amount of money received for a product and the money which it cost to produce


  • noun a blank space bordering the written or printed area on a page
  • noun an amount allowed in addition to what is needed


  • The amount added to the cost of materials as a markup.
  • An edge projecting over the gable of a roof. See also verge.
  • The space between a door and the jambs.
  • The measurement of the exposure of overlapped shingles.


  • A space separating components, circuits, devices, materials, or objects.
  • An amount that exceeds that which is usually necessary. For example, a margin of safety.


  • The liquid funds placed into an account as collateral to cover part or all of the risks involved in purchasing or selling financial instruments, commodities futures or currencies. Margin requirements can be initial to open an account with; maintenance to hold positions in the account; or current liquidating margin, which is the value of the securities held in the account upon liquidation.

Information & Library Science

  • noun a blank space around a section of printed text between the printed text and the edge of the paper

Media Studies

  • noun a blank space on the left or right edge, or at the top or bottom, of a written or printed page
  • noun a straight line drawn down the left- or right-hand side of a page to separate a narrow section from the main part

Origin & History of “margin”

Margin comes from margin-, the stem form of Latin margō ‘margin’. this appears to go back to the same ultimate source as English mark (which originally meant ‘boundary’). The now archaic synonym marge (15th c.) was borrowed from the Latin word’s French descendant.