[ frinj ]
/ frɪndʒ /


verb (used with object), fringed, fring·ing.

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.

Nearby words

  1. frills,
  2. frilly,
  3. frimaire,
  4. friml,
  5. friml, rudolf,
  6. fringe area,
  7. fringe benefit,
  8. fringe tree,
  9. fringe-toed lizard,
  10. fringed

Origin of fringe

1325–75; Middle English frenge < Old French (French frange) < Vulgar Latin *frimbia, metathetic variant of Late Latin fimbria, Latin fimbriae fringe

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British Dictionary definitions for fringe


/ (frɪndʒ) /


verb (tr)

to adorn or fit with a fringe or fringes
to be a fringe forfur fringes the satin
Derived Formsfringeless, adjective

Word Origin for fringe

C14: from Old French frenge, ultimately from Latin fimbria fringe, border; see fimbria

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Word Origin and History for fringe
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