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 Few world leaders have associated themselves more closely with Trump than Bolsonaro, the formerly fringe politician who won the Brazilian presidency in 2018, mimicking many of Trump’s campaign tactics. Washington Post, "Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong Un and other world leaders who have not acknowledged a Biden win," 9 Nov. 2020 What began as a fringe movement has exploded into the relative mainstream. Stacey Leasca, Glamour, "How to Talk to Your Friends About QAnon," 3 Nov. 2020 Marjorie Taylor Greene on Tuesday became the first member of Congress who has openly supported the far-right fringe movement QAnon. Barnini Chakraborty, Washington Examiner, "QAnon supporter Marjorie Taylor Greene wins Georgia House seat," 3 Nov. 2020 Conspiracy theories fed by QAnon aren’t impacting the election season simply because a once-fringe movement is making a lot of sense. Todd Martens Game Critic, Los Angeles Times, "When even Biden has an “Animal Crossing” island: Games are the new battleground state," 30 Oct. 2020 From rumors of civil war to threats of voter intimidation, Americans' concerns about the election and its aftermath have arisen as once-fringe ideas have leached into the mainstream. Marc Fisher, Anchorage Daily News, "To many Americans, the future looks dark if the other side wins the election," 25 Oct. 2020 Fertility benefits provider Carrot Fertility has closed a $24 million Series B round of funding—a broader industry indicator that the once-fringe sector is increasingly becoming part of mainstream healthcare. Beth Kowitt, Fortune, "Exclusive: Carrot Fertility closes $24 million Series B in a sign of the sector’s strength," 18 Aug. 2020 Cable channels such as Fox News and websites like Breitbart have drawn audiences by bringing fringe theories into the mainstream. The Economist, "Return of the paranoid style Fake news is fooling more conservatives than liberals. Why?," 3 June 2020 Italy’s interior minister, Luciana Lamorgese, has claimed a variety of fringe groups are using the crisis as an excuse for violence. Thomas Adamson, Anchorage Daily News, "France and Germany impose new lockdowns to curb coronavirus spread," 28 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The corporations spent more than $200 million to pass the measure, arguing that their drivers preferred independence and sweetening the deal with some income guarantees and fringe benefits. Dan Walters, SFChronicle.com, "Lessons from the California vote: state not as deep blue as many believe," 6 Nov. 2020 To further complicate things, Democrats have lost some of their influence in the House, with some truly fringe right-wingers having won elections this year. Sarah Midkiff, refinery29.com, "With All Eyes On The Presidential Race, Nobody Is Talking About This Troubling Republican Victory," 5 Nov. 2020 QAnon marketplaces bridge mainstream and fringe online platforms. Washington Post, "QAnon learns to survive — and even thrive — after Silicon Valley’s crackdown," 28 Oct. 2020 Dailey had received just under $313,000 in salary and fringe benefits from the school during the fiscal year that ended in June 2014, according to the state. Pat Eaton-robb, courant.com, "Women basketball coaches at UConn were underpaid, U.S. Labor Department finds," 20 Oct. 2020 Most alternate site rosters were comprised mostly of Triple-A or fringe major leaguers. Evan Grant, Dallas News, "How the Rangers made the most of Alternate Site in a season without Minor League Baseball," 20 Sep. 2020 Every stitch, pleat, and fringe detail is intentional. Eliza Huber, refinery29.com, "Kendra Duplantier’s Brand Was A Decade In The Making — Now It’s Here," 28 Aug. 2020 Ads were being directed away from the likes of Time and Der Spiegel but were still finding their way to, say, fringe sites that promoted drinking bleach to cure autism. Gilad Edelman, Wired, "She Helped Wreck the News Business. Here’s Her Plan to Fix It," 13 Aug. 2020 The QAnon conspiracy, once relegated to fringe corners of the internet, has become more mainstream over the past few months, aided in part by the coronavirus pandemic pulling more people into virtual spaces. Taylor Stevens, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Former Utah lawmaker calls on RNC to remove Burgess Owens’ speaking slot amid questions about his QAnon ties," 25 Aug. 2020

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

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Last Updated

19 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Fringe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fringe. Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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More Definitions for fringe

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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