• (America, RP) IPA: /fɹɪndʒ/

fringe (plural fringes)

  1. A decorative border.
    the fringe of a picture
  2. A marginal or peripheral part.
    • the confines of grace and the fringes of repentance
  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. (UK) Synonym of bangs#English|bangs: hair hanging over the forehead, especially a hairstyle where it is cut straight across.
    Her fringe is so long it covers her eyes.
    • 1915, W. Somerset 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.
      “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, [|%22fringes%22+hair+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=GFVYT42BG46WmQWrmthI&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22fringe%22|%22fringes%22%20hair%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false 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.
  9. (golf) The area around the green
  10. (AU) ngd Used attributively with reference to Aboriginal people living on the edge of towns etc.
    • 2006, Alexis Wright, Carpentaria, Giramondo 2012, p. 20:
      All the fringe people thought it was such a good house, ingenious in fact, and erected similar makeshift housing for themselves.
  11. (television, radio) A daypart that precedes or follows prime time.
  • (members of a political party, or any social group, holding unorthodox views) fringe group
  • (periphery of a town or city) outskirts
Translations Translations Translations Translations Translations
  • French: frange (d'interférence)
  • Italian: frangia
  • Russian: полоса́
Translations Adjective

fringe (not comparable)

  1. Outside the mainstream.
Synonyms Translations Verb

fringe (fringes, present participle fringing; past and past participle fringed)

  1. (transitive) To decorate with fringe.
  2. (transitive) To serve as a fringe.
  • French: franger
  • Italian: decorare con una frangia, decorare con frange
  • Russian: окантовать
  • Spanish: orlar
  • Italian: fungere da frangia
  • Russian: окаймлять

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