mar·​gay | \ ˈmär-ˌgā How to pronounce margay (audio) , mär-ˈgā How to pronounce margay (audio) \

Definition of margay

: a small American spotted cat (Felis wiedii) resembling the ocelot and ranging from northern Mexico to Argentina

Illustration of margay

Illustration of margay

Examples of margay in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Scientists are trying to learn more about the diverse and unique environment, where jaguars and margays roam the savannah and jungles, and river dolphins swim in the Guayabero River. Murray Carpenter, New York Times, 26 Feb. 2018 An entire row of shelves 50 feet long and 10 feet high is dedicated to the hides and mounted heads of big cats—cheetahs, tigers, jaguars, margays, ocelots, leopards. National Geographic, 1 Mar. 2016 Curiously, one common observation was that margays mimic the calls of prey species to lure them out. Brian Switek, WIRED, 2 Apr. 2010

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'margay.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of margay

1775, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for margay

French, ultimately from Tupi marakajá

Learn More About margay

Dictionary Entries Near margay




See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for margay

Cite this Entry

“Margay.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on margay

Nglish: Translation of margay for Spanish Speakers Encyclopedia article about margay


Test Your Vocabulary

Words Named After People

  • name tags
  • Namesake of the leotard, Jules Léotard had what profession?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!