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fringe

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle English, from Old French frenge, from Vulgar Latin *frimbia, metathesis of Latin fimbriae (fibers", "threads", "fringe) (plural). (Cognates include German Franse and Danish frynse.)

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NounEdit

fringe (plural fringes)

  1. A decorative border.
    the fringe of a picture
  2. A marginal or peripheral part.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Jeremy Taylor
      the confines of grace and the fringes of repentance
    • 2011 September 29, Jon Smith, “Tottenham 3 - 1 Shamrock Rovers”, BBC Sport:
      Dos Santos, who has often been on the fringes at Spurs since moving from Barcelona, whipped in a fantastic cross that Pavlyuchenko emphatically headed home for his first goal of the season.
  3. Those members of a political party, or any social group, holding unorthodox views.
  4. The periphery of a town or city.
    He lives in the fringe of London.
  5. That part of the hair that hangs down above the eyes; bangs.
    Her fringe is so long it covers her eyes.
    • 1915, W.S. Maugham, "Of Human Bondage":
      In a few minutes Mrs. Athelny appeared. She had taken her hair out of the curling pins and now wore an elaborate fringe.
    • 1981, Hilda Doolittle, HERmione, page 155,
      Fayne in the photograph had a fringe, hair frizzed over hidden ears, sleeves over-ornate, the whole thing out of keeping.
    • 2007, Lauraine Snelling, Sophie's Dilemma, page 16,
      Ingeborg knew she wasn′t ready for fringes or short hair like some of the women she′d seen, and she hoped her daughter wasn′t either.
      “No.” Astrid′s tone dismissed Sophie and the fringe as she galloped off to a new topic.
    • 2009, Geraldine Biddle-Perry, Sarah Cheang, Hair: Styling, Culture and Fashion, page 231,
      Set against the seductive visual and textual imagery of these soft-focus fantasy worlds, the stock list details offer the reader a very real solution to achieving the look themselves, ‘Hair, including coloured fringes (obtainable from Joseph, £3.50) by Paul Nix’ (Baker 1972a: 68).
  6. (physics) A light or dark band formed by the diffraction of light.
    interference fringe
  7. Non-mainstream theatre.
    The Fringe; Edinburgh Fringe; Adelaide Fringe
  8. (botany) The peristome or fringe-like appendage of the capsules of most mosses.

SynonymsEdit

  • (hair in front): forelock, bangs (US)
  • (members of a political party, or any social group, holding unorthodox views): fringe group

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AdjectiveEdit

fringe (not comparable)

  1. Outside the mainstream.

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VerbEdit

fringe (third-person singular simple present fringes, present participle fringing, simple past and past participle fringed)

  1. (transitive) To decorate with fringe.
  2. (transitive) To serve as a fringe.

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