- a decorative border of thread, cord, or the like, usually hanging loosely from a raveled edge or separate strip.
- anything resembling or suggesting this: a fringe of grass around a swimming pool.
- an outer edge; margin; periphery: on the fringe of the art world.
- something regarded as peripheral, marginal, secondary, or extreme in relation to something else: the lunatic fringe of a strong political party.
- Optics. one of the alternate light and dark bands produced by diffraction or interference.
- fringe benefit.
- to furnish with or as if with a fringe.
- to serve as a fringe for, or to be arranged around or along so as to suggest a fringe: armed guards fringing the building.
Origin of fringe
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Examples from the Web for fringed
It has faded from pixelated gray to rusted ochre, fringed on the edges with black sweat grease.Whatever You Do Someone Will Die. A Short Story About Impossible Choices in Iraq
Nathan Bradley Bethea
August 31, 2014
The collection includes leather pants, fringed boots, silk t-shirts, and wool blazers.Isabel Marant Lands at H&M; Burberry Breaks $1 Billion
The Fashion Beast Team
November 14, 2013
The coast of Spain inspired some summery sentiments in Wang: hot pants and fabulous vinyl, fringed sandals and hats.Alexander Wang’s Resort Debut for Balenciaga
June 6, 2013
I saw her sable skirts all fringed with light From the celestial walls!Graded Poetry: Second Year
Our way, after passing "Clapham Junction," was fringed with the graves of the fallen.With Manchesters in the East
Gerald B. Hurst
But suddenly, at a point where it fringed a meadow, it seemed to fall away.Abbe Mouret's Transgression
He had discovered that it was circular in shape, quite small, and fringed with vegetation.Adrift on the Pacific
Edward S. Ellis
The east side of the gulf is fringed with islands, some solitary, others in groups.The Secret Sharer
- an edging consisting of hanging threads, tassels, etc
- an outer edge; periphery
- (as modifier)fringe dwellers; a fringe area
- (modifier) unofficial; not conventional in formfringe theatre
- mainly British a section of the front hair cut short over the forehead
- an ornamental border or margin
- physics any of the light and dark or coloured bands produced by diffraction or interference of light
- to adorn or fit with a fringe or fringes
- to be a fringe forfur fringes the satin
Word Origin and History for fringed
early 14c., from Old French frenge "thread, strand, fringe, hem" (early 14c.), from Vulgar Latin *frimbia, metathesis of Latin fimbriae (plural) "fibers, threads, fringe," of uncertain origin. Figurative sense of "outer edge, margin," is first recorded 1894. Related: Fringes. Fringe benefits is recorded from 1952.
late 15c., from fringe (n.). Related: Fringed; fringing.