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fringe (n.)

early 14c., "ornamental bordering; material for a fringe," from Old French frenge "thread, strand, fringe, hem, border" (early 14c.), from Vulgar Latin *frimbia, metathesis of Late Latin fimbria, from Latin fimbriae (plural) "fibers, threads, fringe," which is of uncertain origin. Meaning "a border, edge" is from 1640s. Figurative sense of "outer edge, margin," is first recorded 1894. As an adjective by 1809. Related: Fringes. Fringe benefits is recorded from 1952.

fringe (v.)

late 15c., "decorate with a fringe or fringes," from fringe (n.). Related: Fringed; fringing.

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Definitions of fringe from WordNet
1
fringe (n.)
the outside boundary or surface of something;
Synonyms: periphery / outer boundary
fringe (n.)
a part of the city far removed from the center;
Synonyms: outskirt
fringe (n.)
one of the light or dark bands produced by the interference and diffraction of light;
Synonyms: interference fringe
fringe (n.)
a social group holding marginal or extreme views;
members of the fringe believe we should be armed with guns at all times
fringe (n.)
a border of hair that is cut short and hangs across the forehead;
Synonyms: bang
fringe (n.)
an ornamental border consisting of short lengths of hanging threads or tassels;
2
fringe (v.)
adorn with a fringe;
The weaver fringed the scarf
fringe (v.)
decorate with or as if with a surrounding fringe;
fur fringed the hem of the dress
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