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

c : fringe benefit

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

In a jet-black Versace suit embellished with Swarovski crystal fringe, Musgraves honored the tradition of Western wear while presenting a very different take on glamour. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "In Versace, Kacey Musgraves Gave the CMAs Its Fashion Moment," 15 Nov. 2018 From fringe dresses to one-shoulder crop tops; jumpsuits and suiting, nearly every piece is made of silver sequins and embellishment—and Hailey had it all on display at Monday night’s launch event. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Hailey Baldwin Launches an Under $100 Collection with PrettyLittleThing," 7 Nov. 2018 Others, like Paula White, say, are associated with new apostolic reform movements or other fringe theologies. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "Historian and author John Fea on Trump’s “court evangelicals” and the long history of Christian nationalism.," 5 Nov. 2018 It’s been making the Top 10 lists at fringe festivals in Orlando, Chicago and Washington, D.C. Performed by Lil Theatre Company. Patrick Neas, kansascity, "KC Fringe Festival brings an adventurous spirit to classical themes," 13 July 2018 Once a fringe home accoutrement favored by eco-conscious consumers, solar does appear poised to mushroom as costs come down and homeowners welcome reduced utility bills. Marco Della Cava, USA TODAY, "Burning for Tesla Powerwall? Get ready to wait as Musk's solar vision takes a backseat to Model 3," 13 July 2018 Spencer coined the term ‘‘alt-right’’ to describe a fringe movement that is a loose mix of white nationalism, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, and other far-right extremist beliefs. Michael Kunzelman, BostonGlobe.com, "White nationalist says he was blocked from entering Europe," 6 July 2018 This was a fringe view in America when King embraced it: in 1967 only about 30% of Americans agreed with his stance that America should not send troops to Saigon. The Economist, "A different dream," 5 July 2018 The report argued that the future of terrorism threats against the United States would be in homegrown, domestic terrorism, spawned from the right fringes of the political spectrum. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Domestic terrorism is on the rise. Why won’t cable news networks say so?," 29 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Wielgus grew up hunting rabbits and poking around the woods that fringed the suburbs of Winnipeg, Manitoba. New York Times, "Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf Scientist?," 5 July 2018 The village’s corniche, dominated by von Habsburg’s monastery, is fringed with palm trees, and the ruins of a striking 1936 Art Moderne hotel by Nikola Dobrovi´c nestle among the medieval houses. François Halard, Vogue, "How a Master Restorer Turned a Ruined Croatian Monastery Into a Personal Paradise," 16 Feb. 2018 Another standout moment includes the subject strutting down a quiet street in a hot pink fringed Emilio Pucci dress. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "@Checking_Invoices Is the Anonymous, Masked Instagram Account That Makes Fashion Fun Again," 10 July 2018 Our mission on this day would be very different — just a small armada of eight kayaks ferrying paddlers intent on exploring the bay’s palm-fringed shore. New York Times, "Want to See the Wild Side of Cuba? Try a Kayak," 16 May 2018 High numbers weren’t limited only to fringe pros like Gregory, though. Dan Gartland, SI.com, "Scott Gregory Shoots First-Round 92 at U.S. Open," 14 June 2018 Wiry and muscular, he was invariably dressed in a buckskin suit, fringed at the edges, with a deerskin cap ornamented with a fox tail. Gary Kamiya, SFChronicle.com, "The original Grizzly Adams kept his bears on a chain in SF," 7 July 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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