verb (used with object), fringed, fring·ing.
- friml, rudolf,
- fringe area,
- fringe benefit,
- fringe tree,
- fringe-toed lizard,
Origin of fringe
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.
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|Kim Ghattas|September 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The senator disappointed his fringe, libertarian followers with his support of airstrikes.
He laughed at last, though a little anxiously as he saw a fringe of tiny drops gather on her hair; and he let her have her way.The Prodigal Father|J. Storer Clouston
A giant sycamore in the middle cast a welcome shadow in the brilliant sunshine, and a fringe of willows encircled it.Clover and Blue Grass|Eliza Calvert Hall
From the road you perceive, skirting the loch on the other side, what seems a fringe of very small bushes.Scottish Loch Scenery|Thomas A. Croal
The play-acting and gaming was only the fringe that Society had tacked on to him.The Yeoman Adventurer|George W. Gough
Then he turned toward it, still cautiously leading Silvermane under cover of the fringe of cedars.The Heritage of the Desert|Zane Grey
- an outer edge; periphery
- (as modifier)fringe dwellers; a fringe area
Word Origin 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.