a decorative border of thread, cord, or the like, usually hanging loosely from a raveled edge or separate strip.
anything resembling or suggesting this:
a fringe of grass around a swimming pool.
an outer edge; margin; periphery:
on the fringe of the art world.
something regarded as peripheral, marginal, secondary, or extreme in relation to something else:
the lunatic fringe of a strong political party.
Optics. one of the alternate light and dark bands produced by diffraction or interference.
verb (used with object), fringed, fringing.
to furnish with or as if with a fringe.
to serve as a fringe for, or to be arranged around or along so as to suggest a fringe:
armed guards fringing the building.
an edging consisting of hanging threads, tassels, etc
(modifier) unofficial; not conventional in form: fringe theatre
(mainly Brit) a section of the front hair cut short over the forehead
an ornamental border or margin
(physics) any of the light and dark or coloured bands produced by diffraction or interference of light
to adorn or fit with a fringe or fringes
to be a fringe for: fur fringes the satin
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.
A benefit, like insurance coverage, added to one’s pay; fringe benefit (1960+)
- Fringe-toed lizard
[frinj-tohd] /ˈfrɪndʒˌtoʊd/ noun 1. an iguanid lizard, Uma notata, of sandy deserts of the western U.S. and Mexico, having a wedge-shaped snout and toes fringed with long, pointed scales.
noun 1. a shrub or small tree, Chionanthus virginicus, of the olive family, native to the southern U.S., bearing open clusters of white flowers with long, narrow petals. noun 1. either of two ornamental oleaceous shrubs or small trees of the genus Chionanthus, of North America and China, having clusters of white narrow-petalled flowers
[frin-jil-id] /frɪnˈdʒɪl ɪd/ adjective 1. Also, fringilline [frin-jil-ahyn, -in] /frɪnˈdʒɪl aɪn, -ɪn/ (Show IPA). belonging or pertaining to the family Fringillidae, comprising the finches and related birds. noun 2. a fringillid bird.
[frin-jil-id] /frɪnˈdʒɪl ɪd/ adjective 1. Also, fringilline [frin-jil-ahyn, -in] /frɪnˈdʒɪl aɪn, -ɪn/ (Show IPA). belonging or pertaining to the family Fringillidae, comprising the finches and related birds. noun 2. a fringillid bird. /frɪnˈdʒɪlaɪn; -ɪn/ adjective 1. of, relating to, or belonging to the Fringillidae, a family of songbirds that includes the finches