October 06, 2018
Learner's Word of the Day
fringe /ˈfrɪnʤ/ noun
fringe
/ˈfrɪnʤ/
noun

plural fringes

Fringe on a scarf
Fringe on a scarf
Learner's definition of FRINGE

1 [count] : a border made of hanging threads used to decorate the edge of something (such as clothing, rugs, and curtains)

  • a lampshade with a fringe

2 [count] : a narrow area along the edge of something

  • a fringe of moss around the tree

— often plural

  • Scientists were measuring temperatures at the outer fringes of the atmosphere.

3 [singular] : an area of activity that is related to but not part of whatever is central or most widely accepted

  • a party on the political fringe

: a group of people with extreme views or unpopular opinions

  • the conservative/liberal fringe

— often used before another noun

  • a fringe topic

  • published in a fringe journal

  • fringe theater

  • the fringe element

  • fringe activists

4 [count] British : the front section of hair cut short and worn over the forehead : BANGS — usually singular

  • She wears her hair in a fringe.

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