- 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 fringe
The Five Percent Nation of Islam was there as well as fringe Stalinist groups.
GALLERY: 'JUSTICE FOR ALL' MARCH IN WASHINGTON DC There were plenty of representatives of the fringe too.
Unlike Cosby, who had only a fringe of gray hair left, he still sported a silver mane.Why Comedians Still Think Bill Cosby Is a Genius
October 5, 2014
We may be beset by deep political divisions, but the moderate, outward-looking center is large; not a fringe section of society.Beirut Letter: In Lebanon, Fighting ISIS With Culture and Satire
September 22, 2014
The senator disappointed his fringe, libertarian followers with his support of airstrikes.Rand Paul’s Fans Hate His ISIS Plan
September 19, 2014
But the fringe did not reach to the ground and under the bush, in its dark interior.Green Mansions
W. H. Hudson
Dissembling her displeasure, she praised the hammer-cloth, and especially the fringe.Tales And Novels, Volume 3 (of 10)
One might edge a wall-paper or fringe a robe with a recurring decimal.Alarms and Discursions
G. K. Chesterton
A fringe of ice had formed during the night along the shore.The Long Labrador Trail
The woods leaned over the fringe of bushes cool and green and silent.The Forest
Stewart Edward White
- 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 fringe
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.