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 fringes
It is more comforting to associate bigotry with certain attitudes supposedly on the fringes of public life.
Smith survived the night patrol, and met Tolkien again on the fringes of the Battle of the Somme that summer.Why World War I Is at the Heart of ‘Lord of the Rings’|John Garth|July 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This is a way to bring people in, as opposed to leaving them on the fringes of society.How the Hiring Process Marginalizes Candidates on the Autism Spectrum|Joshua Rivera|May 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The practice is still “very much on the fringes,” says Sweeney.
Why recount these long-gone grievances from the fringes of the early 1960s?
Not only large substantial things like furniture, but curtains and the patterns of stuffs and the fringes of quilts and cushions.Bliss, and Other Stories|Katherine Mansfield
Merely to point out the mixture of what is late and spurious in them, is to touch but the fringes of the matter.Celtic Literature|Matthew Arnold
Less essential are the orphreys on the hem of the arms and the fringes along the slits at the sides and the lower hem.
The former, however, were of scarlet, and the latter were rich in the fringes and bright colors of Indian ornaments.The Wept of Wish-Ton-Wish|James Fenimore Cooper
They were content with the fringes of the wilderness, leaving the rest to the mists, the wolves, and the lingering older race.Dartmoor|Arthur L. Salmon
- 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.