verb (used with object), fringed, fring·ing.
Origin of fringe
Synonyms for fringe
Related Words for fringeperimeter, outskirts, edge, periphery, verge, hem, skirt, brink, march, borderline, edging, binding, outside, limit, brim, ruffle, flounce, margin, tassel, rickrack
Examples from the Web for fringe
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of fringe
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 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.