American English

Definition of fringe noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable] a strip of hanging threads attached to the edge of something to decorate it
  2. 2[countable] the outer edge of an area or a group on the northern fringe of the city the urban/rural fringe the fringes of society Nina remained on the fringe of the crowd.
  3. 3[singular] the fringe groups of people, events, and activities that are not part of the main group or activity Street musicians have been gathering as part of the festival fringe. fringe meetings at the party conference
  4. Idioms
    the lunatic fringe (disapproving)
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    those members of a political or other group whose views are considered to be very extreme and crazy They stressed that only the lunatic fringe of the movement was involved in the incident.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: fringe