- (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.
Variant of purfle
transitive verbpurfled, purfling
- to decorate the border of
- to adorn or edge with metallic thread, beads, lace, etc.
Origin of purfleMiddle English purfilen ; from Middle French pourfiler ; from pour, for (; from Classical Latin pro: see pro) + fil, thread: see file
an ornamental border or trimming, as the inlaid border of a violin