- The definition of fringe is someone or something at the edge.
- An example of fringe is someone who doesn't fit in with the mainstream culture but who is unconventional like punk rock or grunge.
- An example of fringe is the edge of the television reception area.
- Fringe is defined as a border on fabric or other material that is made of tassels, twists or loose threads.
An example of fringe is a chenille blanket with ties of threads at all the edges.
- To fringe means to create or form a border on fabric or other objects or things.
- An example of fringe is when you put a yellow border around a blue pillow.
- An example of fringe is when there are trees surrounding your house.
A blue scarf with a black fringe.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- a border or trimming of cords or threads, hanging loose or tied in bunches
- anything like this: a fringe of hair
- an outer edge; border; margin: at the fringes of the slums
- a part considered to be peripheral, extreme, or minor in relation to the main part: the lunatic fringe of a political party
- ☆ fringe benefit
- Optics any of the light or dark bands resulting from the interference or diffraction of light
Origin: Middle English frenge ; from Old French frenge, fringe ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form frimbia, metathesis of Late Latin fimbria, a fringe, border ; from Classical Latin fimbriae, shreds, fibers
- to decorate with or as with fringe
- to be a fringe for; line: trees fringed the lawn
- at the outer edge or border: a fringe area of television reception
- ☆ additional: fringe costs
- ☆ less important; minor: fringe industries
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- A decorative border or edging of hanging threads, cords, or strips, often attached to a separate band.
- Something that resembles such a border or edging.
- A marginal, peripheral, or secondary part: “They like to hang out on the geographical fringes, the seedy outposts” (James Atlas).
- Those members of a group or political party holding extreme views: the lunatic fringe.
- Any of the light or dark bands produced by the diffraction or interference of light.
- A fringe benefit.
- To decorate with or as if with a fringe: The weaver fringed the edge of the scarf.
- To serve as a fringe to: Ferns fringed the pool.
Origin: Middle English frenge, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *frimbia, alteration of Late Latin fimbria; see fimbria.
- fringˈy adjective