fringe

If you make cutoffs from jeans, the little white strings around the edges of the legs make a fringe. A fringe is a decorative edge made of hanging strings of fabric.

You know how fringe hangs on the edge of fabric and clothing? Think of this picture when you see fringe used metaphorically to mean something that is on the outer boundaries of something else. Many cities hold events called fringe festivals that celebrate art created on the fringe of the established art world. A group of people whose beliefs place them on the outskirts of a social group is called a fringe group. And beware of the lunatic fringe — they are the extremists and fanatics of a social or political movement.

Primary Meanings of fringe

1.
nv
an ornamental border consisting of short lengths of hanging threads or tassels
adorn with a fringe
2.
n
the outside boundary or surface of something
3.
n
a social group holding marginal or extreme views
4.
n
one of the light or dark bands produced by the interference and diffraction of light
Full Definitions of fringe
1

n an ornamental border consisting of short lengths of hanging threads or tassels

Type of:
edging
border consisting of anything placed on the edge to finish something (such as a fringe on clothing or on a rug)

n a border of hair that is cut short and hangs across the forehead

Synonyms:
bang
Type of:
coif, coiffure, hair style, hairdo, hairstyle
the arrangement of the hair (especially a woman's hair)

v adorn with a fringe

“The weaver fringed the scarf”
Type of:
adorn, beautify, decorate, embellish, grace, ornament
make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.

v decorate with or as if with a surrounding fringe

“fur fringed the hem of the dress”
Type of:
border, environ, ring, skirt, surround
extend on all sides of simultaneously; encircle
2

n the outside boundary or surface of something

Synonyms:
outer boundary, periphery
Type of:
bound, boundary, edge
a line determining the limits of an area

n a part of the city far removed from the center

Synonyms:
outskirt
Type of:
city district
a district of a town or city
3

n a social group holding marginal or extreme views

“members of the fringe believe we should be armed with guns at all times”
Type of:
social group
people sharing some social relation
4

n one of the light or dark bands produced by the interference and diffraction of light

Synonyms:
interference fringe
Type of:
optical phenomenon
a physical phenomenon related to or involving light

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