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fringe

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noun, often attributive \ˈfrinj\

Definition of fringe

  1. 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. 2a :  something resembling a fringe :  edge, periphery —often used in plural operated on the fringes of the law working for years on the fringes of the entertainment industryb chiefly British :  4bang wears her hair in a fringec :  one of various light or dark bands produced by the interference or diffraction of lightd :  an area bordering a putting green on a golf course with grass trimmed longer than on the green itself

  3. 3a :  something that is marginal, additional, or secondary to some activity, process, or subject a fringe sportb :  a group with marginal or extremist views the politically conservative fringec :  fringe benefit

fringy

play \ˈfrin-jē\ adjective

Examples of fringe in a Sentence

  1. a lampshade with a fringe

  2. a fringe of moss around the tree

  3. a party on the political fringe

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Origin and Etymology of fringe

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


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fringe

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Definition of fringe

fringed

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fringing

play \ˈfrin-jiŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to furnish or adorn with a fringe

  3. 2 :  to serve as a fringe for :  border

Examples of fringe in a Sentence

  1. A jungle fringed the shore.

  2. the orchestral pit fringed the edge of the stage

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Origin and Etymology of fringe

see 1fringe



FRINGE Defined for English Language Learners

fringe

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noun

Definition of fringe for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of fringe for English Language Learners

  • : to decorate (something) with a fringe

  • : to go along or around (something)


FRINGE Defined for Kids

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fringe

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noun \ˈfrinj\

Definition of fringe for Students

  1. 1 :  a border or trimming made by or made to look like the loose ends of the cloth

  2. 2 :  a narrow area along the edge I ran till I got to the fringe of the forest.


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fringe

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verb

Definition of fringe for Students

fringed

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fringing

  1. 1 :  to decorate with a fringe

  2. 2 :  to go along or around A hedge fringed the yard.


Medical Dictionary

fringe

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noun , often attributive \ˈfrinj\

Medical Definition of fringe

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



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