fringe

noun, often attributive
\ ˈfrinj \

Definition of fringe

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an ornamental border consisting of short straight or twisted threads or strips hanging from cut or raveled edges or from a separate band a lampshade with a fringe
2a : something resembling a fringe : edge, periphery often used in plural operated on the fringes of the lawworking for years on the fringes of the entertainment industry
b chiefly British : bang entry 4 wears her hair in a fringe
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
3a : something that is marginal, additional, or secondary to some activity, process, or subject a fringe sport
b : a group with marginal or extremist views the politically conservative fringe

fringe

verb
fringed; fringing\ ˈfrin-​jiŋ \

Definition of fringe (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

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

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Other Words from fringe

Noun

fringy \ ˈfrin-​jē \ adjective

Examples of fringe in a Sentence

Noun

a lampshade with a fringe a fringe of moss around the tree a party on the political fringe

Verb

A jungle fringed the shore. the orchestral pit fringed the edge of the stage
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Ta likes to pair blue lashes with orange lips, purple mascara with bright pink lipstick, and a green fringe with a burgundy stain. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Makeup Artist Patrick Ta Shares Fall’s Five Biggest Trends and Techniques You Need to Know," 18 Sep. 2018 If Hawley is right, then the alt-right’s constituency isn’t a tiny fringe. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "Study: 24 million white Americans think like the alt-right," 10 Aug. 2018 Kirk, praised for his discipline and no-nonsense approach on and off the field, projects as a fringe first round pick. Brent Zwerneman, San Antonio Express-News, "Kirk could keep Aggie NFL tradition going," 25 Apr. 2018 Tight ends, too, especially with Mike Gesicki, Dallas Goedert and Hayden Hurst all projecting as fringe first and second-rounders. Jourdan Rodrigue, charlotteobserver, "Panthers open to trading down in NFL draft. Should they? And what could they get? | Charlotte Observer," 24 Apr. 2018 Their outsides are covered in a white fringe of sorts while their insides resemble crab meat that Brasserie Provence will be using in a lion's mane mushroom cake. Bailey Loosemore, The Courier-Journal, "$300 mushrooms might be a risk. But for Kentucky Derby, Louisville chefs hold nothing back," 17 Apr. 2018 Giving the female lead a fringe is a favorite move for many male directors. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "What’s Hiding Behind Jennifer Lawrence’s Bangs?," 6 Mar. 2018 Willard is not going to be happy for a second being the junior senator of konztitooshunal skolar Mike Lee, a fringe Tenther on his best day. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "Here's How This Mitt Romney Situation Will Play Out," 16 Feb. 2018 That swirl of fringe was actually intricately laid clear beads over colored thread over silk cords. Jordan Roth, Vogue, "Jordan Roth: A Man’s View on the Haute Couture," 28 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Striped pillows mingle with nubby throw blankets and linen sheets for the ultimate winter bed, while unexpected details like tassels and fringed edges give each element a thoughtful, finished look. Jennifer Fernandez, House Beautiful, "A Joanna Gaines Bedding Line Is Coming To Target The Day After Christmas," 22 Dec. 2018 For a roughly 7-by-6-foot fringed blanket and charming pillows (there’s a choice of two colors and sizes), the scarves have been chopped up and stitched together in a tastefully off-kilter patchwork motif. Marley Marius, Vogue, "Acne Studios Offers a Characteristically Cool Take on Home Goods," 5 Dec. 2018 Fold each fringed feather in half along dashed line and cut fringe along outer edge as marked. Shelley Wolson, Woman's Day, "Fancy Faces: DIY Halloween Masks," 22 Sep. 2010 Emma Stone wore a custom gold column gown with fringed skirt. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "See Riccardo Tisci’s First Red Carpet Moment for Burberry," 7 Jan. 2019 Not to mention, this music video marked the official debut of Mina’s fringed bangs. Lai Frances, Allure, "A Comprehensive Guide to the Evolution of Twice's Hair and Makeup," 6 Nov. 2018 That is why the Eurasian steppe is fringed to the south with barriers designed to forestall horsemen. Felipe Fernández-armesto, WSJ, "‘Walls: A History of Civilization in Blood and Brick’ Review: . . . and Stay Out!," 13 Sep. 2018 Model Dilone’s tight buzz transformed from onyx to bright platinum in a New York Minute, while sartorial stars Ami and Aya Suzuki reemerged in Milan with twin fringed bobs in the same hot pink hue that swept London’s catwalk scene. Vogue, "The Best Street Style Beauty Looks From the Spring 2019 Shows," 4 Oct. 2018 Investigators had urged residents in a sizable swath of Perry Hall to stay hunkered down inside their homes and lock all doors and windows as officers search the community fringed with woodlands. Benjamin Brown, Fox News, "Suspects in killing of Baltimore County police officer arrested, eyed in burglaries in area," 2 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of fringe

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for fringe

Noun

Middle English frenge, from Anglo-French, from Vulgar Latin *frimbia, from Latin fimbriae (plural)

Verb

verbal derivative of fringe entry 1

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fringe

noun

English Language Learners Definition of fringe

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

fringe

verb

English Language Learners Definition of fringe (Entry 2 of 2)

: to decorate (something) with a fringe
: to go along or around (something)

fringe

noun
\ ˈfrinj \

Kids Definition of fringe

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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.

fringe

verb
fringed; fringing

Kids Definition of fringe (Entry 2 of 2)

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

fringe

noun, often attributive
\ ˈfrinj \

Medical Definition of fringe

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

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