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 fringe (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

Other Words from fringe

Noun

fringy \ ˈfrin-​jē How to pronounce fringe (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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In the years since Charlottesville, replacement theory has moved from the online fringe to mainstream right-wing politics. Chris Megerian, Anchorage Daily News, 17 May 2022 In the years since Charlottesville, replacement theory has moved from the online fringe to mainstream right-wing politics. Chris Megerian, ajc, 17 May 2022 Grieb calmly sunk a four-foot putt for par on 18 to seal the win after Hodgkinson missed a birdie putt from the fringe for the tie. oregonlive, 17 May 2022 In the years since Charlottesville, replacement theory has moved from the online fringe to mainstream right-wing politics. Chris Megerian, Chicago Tribune, 17 May 2022 In the years since Charlottesville, replacement theory has moved from the online fringe to mainstream right-wing politics. Chris Megerian, BostonGlobe.com, 17 May 2022 Lee got off to a dream start on Sunday, canning a 51-foot birdie at the second and holing out from the fringe at the third for what amounted to five birdies in his opening nine holes. Adam Schupak, USA TODAY, 15 May 2022 The notion that white people are being replaced has recently moved from the fringe of far-right politics to mainstream Republican Party politics. Keeanga-yamahtta Taylor, The New Yorker, 15 May 2022 And Mastriano — once thought of as a fringe candidate — has outperformed expectations in a field where some candidates began with far more money or name recognition. Marc Levy, ajc, 10 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Leave it up to the one and only Carrie Underwood to rock denim, rhinestones, and fringe all at the same time. Chaise Sanders, Country Living, 7 May 2022 For fashion's biggest night, Khloé wore a glimmering gold bead fringe Moschino gown that hugged her curves. Jen Juneau, PEOPLE.com, 4 May 2022 There are five quarterbacks that are considered first round or fringe first-round prospects in Malik Willis, Kenny Pickett, Matt Corral, Desmond Ridder and Sam Howell. Dj Siddiqi, Forbes, 24 Apr. 2022 But, after two years of minimalism, expect even more opulence: Veils are now embellished with flowers and rhinestones; balloon skirts have replaced regular hemlines; and fringe details channeled the roaring '20s. Frances Solá-santiago, refinery29.com, 12 Apr. 2022 In Tournament, which offers hope to fringe teams seeking postseason experience. Gary Washburn, BostonGlobe.com, 9 Apr. 2022 Business parks would fringe the city, and a commercial downtown area would center on an indoor shopping mall and lakefront entertainment center. baltimoresun.com, 28 Feb. 2019 The bad omens first arrived during the first half, when Nickeil Alexander-Walker and Eric Paschall, normally fringe rotation players elevated by injuries throughout Utah’s rotation, could hardly be stopped. Andrew Greif, Los Angeles Times, 18 Mar. 2022 Some fringe nationalist groups, who have no representation in Parliament, use racist rhetoric and symbolism associated with Nazi Germany. New York Times, 17 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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24 May 2022

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More Definitions for fringe

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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