An ornamental border or edging, especially one inlaid on a stringed instrument.
- (music, chiefly lutherie) Two very narrow strips of black wood enclosing a lighter-coloured strip of wood set close to the edge of the top and back of a string instrument such as a violin, cello or a guitar, following its outline. Double, painted-on and decorative patterns of purfling are also found.
- The purfling on this violin is exceptionally beautiful.
- Present participle of purfle.