fringe

noun, often attributive
\ ˈfrinj How to pronounce fringe (audio) \

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 How to pronounce fringing (audio) \

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 How to pronounce fringy (audio) \ 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

But even that play was seen only briefly on the London fringe and Off Broadway. New York Times, "Peter Nichols, Playwright Who Found Comedy in Desperation, Dies at 92," 9 Sep. 2019 Priyanka Chopra Jonas wore an asymmetrical dress by Monse featuring serious fringe and a thigh-high leg slit in New York City today. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Priyanka Chopra Sizzles in a Leg Slit and Major Fringe in New York City," 4 Sep. 2019 But what started on the fringes has influenced the mainstream. Olivera Perkins, cleveland.com, "Ohio $15 minimum wage movement continues as employers adopt pay increases, supporters plan ballot issue," 2 Sep. 2019 After years of languishing in obscurity, Georgian wine has left the radical fringe and entered the foodie mainstream. Esther Mobley, SFChronicle.com, "Yes, Georgian wine is worth the hype and yes, you should be drinking it," 15 Aug. 2019 One of many awe-worthy hair looks included that of Yara Shahidi, who reminded followers to stay informed on the 2020 election with beaded fringe and a voluminous pineapple of curls. Akili King, Vogue, "The Best Beauty Instagrams of the Week: Amandla Stenberg, FKA Twigs, and More," 4 Aug. 2019 But usually, the melt is confined to those fringes, and the loss from melt is balanced—at least partially—by snowfall. Alejandra Borunda, National Geographic, "A heat wave is turning Greenland’s ice to slush. That's bad news.," 1 Aug. 2019 The couple stole the show, Chris in a black jacket outfitted with fringe and cowboy hat and Morgane in a long-sleeve sparkly black dress. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Morgane Stapleton Makes First Appearance at CMA Awards Following Pregnancy Announcement," 15 Nov. 2018 Gayle King's piece-y fringe and soft curls draw attention to her eyes and frame her face in an ultra-flattering way that works at any age but is especially fabulous on mature women. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "49 Classic Haircuts That Look Amazing at Any Age," 8 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The towering sandstone walls rose on both sides of the river, fringed by greenery along the banks. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "Now you can kayak Arizona's famous Horseshoe Bend. Here's how.," 5 Sep. 2019 Another model wore a long dress fringed with red and green acrylic yarn—the same kind of yarn that bewigged the dinosaur skulls in Ruby’s L.A. show—accessorized with a bib in back that looked like a hunk of quilt. Christina Binkley, The New Yorker, "Sterling Ruby’s Mixed Media," 2 Sep. 2019 Gwen looked stunning in a cutout top and fringed denim shorts. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Gwen Stefani Wore the Wildest Outfit on a Rare 'Date Night' With Blake Shelton," 17 Aug. 2019 The short trees had trunks fringed with leaves and four short drooping branches at the top with bottle-shaped structures on their tips that spread spores. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Fossil Trees Reveal the Oldest Known Forest in Asia," 9 Aug. 2019 The area of Mitchells Plain where Myburgh lives is on the Cape Flats, an expanse fringing the city where black and mixed-race people were forcibly moved from central parts of the city during apartheid. Kimon De Greef, BostonGlobe.com, "As gang murders surge, South Africa sends army to Cape Town, and the city cheers," 13 Aug. 2019 The conspiracies spanned a wide range of topics from Epstein’s connections to the Clinton family and President Donald Trump to fringe theories including QAnon. NBC News, "After Epstein's suicide, conspiracy theories flourish online," 10 Aug. 2019 In a display of costume-style designs, animal totems were the order of the day. Oversized fur headpieces, deer antlers and bear head sculptures merged with giant synthetic lacing and yeti-style fringed footwear with architectural metal heels. Washington Post, "Chanel’s new designer, Viard, unveils couture debut in Paris," 2 July 2019 All around her, fringing every icon, tied by silk ribbons, were modern votive offerings: tin or stamped metal tokens of arms and legs and ears and mouths, appealing for healing for a diseased or damaged human part. Adam Gopnik, Town & Country, "My First Visit to the Greek Islands Turned Out to Be a Journey Home," 20 May 2019

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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 How to pronounce fringe (audio) \

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 How to pronounce fringe (audio) \

Medical Definition of fringe

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

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