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fringe

noun, often attributive \ ˈfrinj \

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
  • a lampshade with a fringe
2 a :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 industry
b chiefly British :4bang
  • 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

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

verb

Definition of fringe

fringed; fringing play \ˈfrin-jiŋ\
transitive verb
1 :to furnish or adorn with a fringe
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

fringe Synonyms

Synonyms
abut, border (on), butt (on or against), flank, adjoin, join, march (with), neighbor, skirt, touch, verge (on)
Related Words
attach (to), communicate (with), connect (with), link (with); bound, embrace, encircle, enclose (also inclose), fence, line, margin, rim, surround; contact, converge, meet


FRINGE Defined for English Language Learners

fringe

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

noun \ ˈfrinj \

Definition of fringe for Students

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.

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fringe

verb

Definition of fringe for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

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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