fringe

1 of 2

noun

often attributive
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
2
a
: 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
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
the politically conservative fringe
fringy adjective

fringe

2 of 2

verb

fringed; fringing ˈfrin-jiŋ How to pronounce fringe (audio)

transitive verb

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

Example Sentences

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
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
The board agreed to pay Ison an annual salary of $160,000 plus fringe benefits, contributions to his retirement fund and a life insurance policy. Madeline Mitchell, The Enquirer, 8 Dec. 2022 Total compensation including airplane use and additional fringe benefits adds up to a yearly compensation package with a value of approximately $6.2 million per year. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, 30 Aug. 2022 But the true target was more likely her father, ultranationalist philosopher Alexander Dugin, a fringe figure on Russia’s political right and a sometime critic of President Vladimir Putin. Fred Weir, The Christian Science Monitor, 23 Aug. 2022 Prosecutors alleged that the company gave untaxed fringe benefits to senior executives, including Weisselberg, for 15 years. Michael R. Sisak, Chicago Tribune, 18 Aug. 2022 Prosecutors alleged that the company gave untaxed fringe benefits to senior executives, including Weisselberg, for 15 years. Michael R. Sisak, Anchorage Daily News, 18 Aug. 2022 Prosecutors alleged that the company gave untaxed fringe benefits to senior executives, including Weisselberg, for 15 years. Michael R. Sisak, BostonGlobe.com, 18 Aug. 2022 His opponent is the far right Marine Le Pen, who was once a fringe figure but now has a legitimate shot at winning the presidency. NBC News, 24 Apr. 2022 Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who returned to office in the latest election, forged a coalition with right-wing and religiously conservative parties, including that of Mr. Ben-Gvir, once a fringe figure in Israeli politics. Shayndi Raice, WSJ, 11 Jan. 2023
Verb
But on Facebook and Twitter, bigots could suddenly coordinate hatred and abuse at scale, that previously would be confined to fringe blogs with little traction. Jacob Mchangama, Time, 5 Dec. 2022 But that’s no longer the case, at least at the high-profile corner where Third meets Evans Avenue — and young trees now fringe a statuesque glassy civic building that opens on October 22 amid an expansive landscape of lush native plants and shrubs. John King, San Francisco Chronicle, 20 Oct. 2022 Models flitted about the room in Markarian’s new Spring bridal collection with Gatsby-worthy sequins, fringe, and more. Vogue, 11 Nov. 2022 For the most decorative effect, choose fabrics with eye-catching colors and designs, and have fun with trims, tassels, fringe, or bold banding to give your treatments a finished look. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 2 Nov. 2022 This Charter Amendment would amend the Frederick County Charter to permit County Council Members to receive allowances and fringe benefits in addition to a salary. Baltimore Sun Staff, Baltimore Sun, 28 Sep. 2022 Thousands of posts containing conspiracy theories about the attack were shared on message boards, social media and in comments sections of popular far-right sites, according to data from Pyrra, a company that tracks fringe social media. Stuart A. Thompson, New York Times, 5 Nov. 2022 By the time platforms acted, Jones had already built Infowars into an alternative media powerhouse, and his army of adherents was prepared to follow him to fringe social media platforms. WIRED, 14 Oct. 2022 Even the January 6 hearings revolve around a motley crew of partisan hacks and fringe legal figures. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 20 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

Verb

verbal derivative of fringe entry 1

First Known Use

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of fringe was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Fringe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fringe. Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

fringe

1 of 2 noun
1
: an ornamental border consisting of hanging threads or strips
2
: something suggesting a fringe
lived on the fringe of the forest

fringe

2 of 2 verb
fringed; fringing
1
: to provide or decorate with a fringe
fringed a buckskin jacket
2
: to serve as a fringe for : border
a jungle fringed the shore

Medical Definition

fringe

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

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