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 pluraloperated 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 Being able to order clothes or groceries for delivery within hours rather than days might seem frivolous, but it’s exactly these kinds of services that will bring populations who are at the fringes into mainstream society. Rishad Premji, Quartz India, "New technologies have historically led to increased inequality—not anymore," 9 Feb. 2020 The Brewers went 20-7 in September to transform from a fringe contender to a berth in the National League wild-card game. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "These 25 Wisconsinites had the biggest sports year in 2019," 16 Dec. 2019 From fringe playoff contenders like Chicago and Indianapolis to the bottom of the league standings, there is no shortage of teams running out abysmal passers on a weekly basis. Mike Finger, ExpressNews.com, "As Colin Kaepernick gets set to show stuff, will anyone’s mind change?," 14 Nov. 2019 Padua entered the night as a fringe contender in Division II’s Region 6, based on Fantastic50.net projections, and plays host Friday to Lake Catholic (4-5). Matt Goul, cleveland, "Jalen Edwards’ career-high 251 yards power No. 14 Benedictine past Padua, 40-7," 26 Oct. 2019 From a beautifully-proportioned signature shocking pink geometric pant suit, to a soft jacket with an eye-popping yellow and orange fringe. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Valentino channels powerful simplicity in Paris show," 29 Sep. 2019 From a beautifully-proportioned signature shocking pink geometric pant suit, to a soft jacket with an eye-popping yellow and orange fringe. Washington Post, "Valentino channels powerful simplicity in Paris show," 29 Sep. 2019 Last weekend, Cox shared a selfie on Instagram revealing a windswept shag haircut with 70s-inspired fringe. Susan Brickell, Health.com, "Courtney Cox's New, Trendy Chop Is Basically the Anti-Monica Geller," 18 Sep. 2019 The piece, crafted by designer Scott Studenberg, featured a large rhinestone-fringe curtain surrounding his head. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "Please Give Billy Porter's Spectacular, Outrageous Hat All of the Grammys," 27 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But from the viewpoint of her inner animal brain, who wants to pucker up to a mouth fringed by a thicket of hair that might contain tiny, squirmy, maggot-like creatures? Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Bearded men are more attractive to women, study says, unless they're squeamish about hair-borne bugs," 14 Jan. 2020 Tierra del Mar, 65 miles southwest of Portland, is home to a mix of professionals and retirees who share a love of the unspoiled beach that is fringed with coastal pines and the deer, bald eagles and rare seabirds that inhabit the area. Andrew Selsky, USA TODAY, "Facebook undersea cable plan not finding fans in tiny Oregon coastal town," 12 Jan. 2020 From tartan skirts and fringed pullovers to sweaters adorned with delightful pom-poms, there's almost too much to choose from. Kelsey Mulvey, Marie Claire, "English Factory Makes Influencer-Approved Sweaters on Amazon for Under $100," 30 Sep. 2019 Dangling shoelaces, fringed toddler skirts, and ribbons tend to trip up the smartest robot vacuum. Adrienne So, Wired, "How to Get the Most Out of (or Into) Your Robot Vacuum," 28 Dec. 2019 Kate Middleton toted a mini Chanel handle bag while wearing green culottes, a knit sweater, and leather fringed heels on a visit to the Natural History Museum in London. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Carries a Chanel Bag While Wearing Wide-Leg Pants and a Knit Sweater," 9 Oct. 2019 In a photo shared on Ivanka's Instagram stories, the White House advisor pulled out a dress from her mother's closet—a glittering, fringed Bob Mackie dress. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Ivanka Trump Wore Her Mother's 28-Year-Old Bob Mackie Dress to Misha Nonoo's Wedding," 23 Sep. 2019 Uma Wang Chinese designer Uma Wang’s oversize black and beige striped virgin wool scarf is fringed at the edges. Janet Kinosian, Los Angeles Times, "Fall fashion trends: Stylish details matter — and are everything this season," 19 Sep. 2019 These included large urban areas, fringe metropolitan, medium metro, small metro, micropolitan and rural areas. Steven Reinberg, CBS News, "Rural Americans are more likely to die from preventable causes, CDC reports," 8 Nov. 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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Time Traveler for fringe

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The first known use of fringe was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

15 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Fringe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fringe. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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fringe

noun
How to pronounce fringe (audio)

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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