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

Most others have been pushed to the fringe, sustained by rabid core fan bases consisting largely of gay men and hipsters, but not cultural sovereignty. Dj Louie Xiv, Vanities, "Has 2018 Killed the Pop Star?," 22 June 2018 The orange tube is known for its volume-building formula and a brush that helps fan out every last lash for a dramatic effect on your fringe. Lisa Desantis, Health.com, "The Under-$10 Mascara That Shay Mitchell Is Obsessed With," 18 June 2018 Several of the ideas Koch ran on that year, then seen as fringe, have subsequently become GOP orthodoxy. The Washington Post, OregonLive.com, "David Koch leaving Koch Industries, conservative political network," 5 June 2018 Other artifacts — military uniforms worn by local gay leaders, for example — speak to a life in the mainstream, not on the fringes. John Wilkens, sandiegouniontribune.com, "New History Center exhibit traces stories of struggle and progress in LGBT community," 8 July 2018 The study also dispelled the myth that only loners or those on the fringes of society attack. Paula Mcmahon, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Parkland school shooter: Typical of today's mass killers," 30 June 2018 Both may feel a little wounded that their teams are regarded as being only on the fringes of the group of serious contenders. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "With champion Germany out, who's the World Cup 'favorite' now?," 27 June 2018 People like Fleitz used to be on the fringes, but are now in power, Berry said. Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press, "National Security Council official denounces Michigan's Muslims," 4 June 2018 Farther south, two journalists were killed Monday evening in North Carolina while covering hazardous weather on the fringes of Subtropical Storm Alberto (which has since been downgraded to a depression). Aj Willingham, CNN, "5 things for May 29: North Korea summit, extreme weather, Starbucks," 29 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 As police tried to keep order, fist fights broke out in a string of downtown parks fringed with aspen trees and dotted with plaques honoring Portland’s founders and fallen World War II soldiers. Washington Post, "Violent protests again draw attention to Portland, Oregon," 10 June 2018 As police tried to keep order, fist fights broke out in a string of downtown parks fringed with aspen trees and dotted with plaques honoring Portland's founders and fallen World War II soldiers. Fox News, "Violent skirmishes between Antifa, right-wing activists draw national attention to Portland, Oregon," 9 June 2018 Others cast a wary eye on the wave of populist tremors that fringe parties in mature nations like France and Germany have tried to ride. Steven Rattner, New York Times, "Dambisa Moyo’s Proposals for Saving Democracy," 7 June 2018 Fortunately, there are plenty of hands-free options, below, that should cover all the necessary bases, whether you’re drawn to Rachel Comey’s pink fringed purse or Nanushka’s leopard-print fanny pack. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "13 Chic Hands-Free Bags for Festival Season and Beyond," 20 Apr. 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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