margin Definition

  • 1the edge or border of something
  • 2an amount by which something is won or falls short
  • 3a blank space around the text on a page

Using margin: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "margin" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The margin of the paper was filled with doodles.

  • Example

    He won the race by a narrow margin.

  • Example

    The document had wide margins for notes.

  • Example

    The company operates on a very slim profit margin.

margin Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for margin

Idioms Using margin

  • by a large amount


    She won the election by a wide margin, with twice as many votes as her opponent.

  • cut it fine/narrow/close (to the margin)

    to do something at the last possible moment, with very little time to spare


    I cut it fine getting to the airport, and almost missed my flight.

  • barely profitable or successful


    The company is operating on the margin, and any unexpected expenses could put it out of business.

Phrases with margin

  • the range of values within which the true value is expected to lie, due to errors in measurement or statistical analysis


    The poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

  • a demand by a broker that an investor deposit further cash or securities to cover possible losses


    The stock market crash triggered a series of margin calls.

  • the amount by which revenue from sales exceeds costs


    The company's profit margin has been steadily increasing over the past year.

Origins of margin

from Latin 'margo', meaning 'edge'


Summary: margin in Brief

The term 'margin' [ˈmɑːdʒɪn] refers to the edge or border of something, such as the blank space around text on a page. It can also mean the amount by which something is won or falls short, as in 'He won the race by a narrow margin.' 'Margin' extends into phrases like 'margin of error,' and idioms like 'by a wide margin,' denoting a large amount, and 'cut it fine,' implying doing something at the last possible moment.