fringe

3 ENTRIES FOUND:

1fringe

noun, often attributive \ˈfrinj\

: a border made of hanging threads used to decorate the edge of something (such as clothing, rugs, and curtains)

: a narrow area along the edge of something

: an area of activity that is related to but not part of whatever is central or most widely accepted : a group of people with extreme views or unpopular opinions

Full Definition of FRINGE

1
:  an ornamental border consisting of short straight or twisted threads or strips hanging from cut or raveled edges or from a separate band
2
a :  something resembling a fringe :  edge, periphery —often used in plural <operated on the fringes of the law>
b chiefly British :  4bang
c :  one of various light or dark bands produced by the interference or diffraction of light
d :  an area bordering a putting green on a golf course with grass trimmed longer than on the green itself
3
a :  something that is marginal, additional, or secondary to some activity, process, or subject <a fringe sport>
b :  a group with marginal or extremist views
c :  fringe benefit
fringy \ˈfrin-jē\ adjective

Examples of FRINGE

  1. a lampshade with a fringe
  2. a fringe of moss around the tree
  3. a party on the political fringe

Origin of FRINGE

Middle English frenge, from Anglo-French, from Vulgar Latin *frimbia, from Latin fimbriae (plural)
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Clothing Terms

babushka, brogue, bumbershoot, cravat, dishabille, furbelow, layette, raiment, spectator

2fringe

verb

: to decorate (something) with a fringe

: to go along or around (something)

fringedfring·ing \ˈfrin-jiŋ\

Full Definition of FRINGE

transitive verb
1
:  to furnish or adorn with a fringe
2
:  to serve as a fringe for :  border

Examples of FRINGE

  1. A jungle fringed the shore.
  2. <the orchestral pit fringed the edge of the stage>

First Known Use of FRINGE

15th century

Other Clothing Terms

babushka, brogue, bumbershoot, cravat, dishabille, furbelow, layette, raiment, spectator

fringe

noun , often attrib \ˈfrinj\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of FRINGE

: one of various light or dark bands produced by the interference or diffraction of light

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