noun | \ ˈmär-jən \ | mar·gin
  1. : the difference between net sales and the cost of the merchandise sold from which expenses are usually met or profits derived

  1. : the amount by which the market value of collateral is greater than the face value of a loan

  1. a : cash or collateral deposited in a regulated amount by a client with a broker who is financing the purchase of securities — see also regulation t

    b : a deposit made with a broker by a client who is trading in futures