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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
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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
FRINGING Defined for Kids

1fringe

noun \ˈfrinj\

Definition of FRINGE for Kids

1
:  a border or trimming made by or made to look like the loose ends of the cloth
2
:  a narrow area along the edge <I ran till I got to the fringe of the forest.>

2fringe

verb
fringedfring·ing

Definition of FRINGE for Kids

1
:  to decorate with a fringe
2
:  to go along or around <A hedge fringed the yard.>
Medical Dictionary

fringe

noun , often attrib \ˈfrinj\

Medical Definition of FRINGE

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

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