Definition of fray noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//freɪ//
; NAmE NAmE//freɪ//
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the fray [singular] a fight, a competition or an argument, especially one that is exciting or seen as a test of your ability They were ready for the fray. to enter/join the fray At 71, he has now retired from the political fray. Word Originnoun late Middle English: from archaic fray ‘to quarrel’, from affray ‘startle’, from Anglo-Norman French afrayer ‘disturb, startle’, based on an element of Germanic origin related to Old English frithu ‘peace, safety’.
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