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



    BrE BrE//frɪndʒ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//frɪndʒ//
    Describing hair
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  1. 1[countable, usually singular] (British English) (North American English bangs [plural]) the front part of somebody’s hair that is cut so that it hangs over their forehead See related entries: Describing hair
  2. 2[countable] a strip of hanging threads attached to the edge of something to decorate it
  3. 3[countable] a narrow strip of trees, buildings, etc. along the edge of something a fringe of woodland Along the coast, an industrial fringe had already developed.
  4. 4[countable] (British English) 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.
  5. 5[singular] (also 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
  6. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French frenge, based on late Latin fimbria, earlier a plural noun meaning ‘fibres, shreds’.Extra examples Beyond this marginal fringe no agriculture is possible. He has always remained on the fringes of mainstream politics. He moved from fringe theatre to mainstream when he was chosen to play a leading role on Broadway. He moved from fringe theatre/​theater to the West End. My fringe needs cutting. She has her hair pulled forward in a fringe. She kept brushing her fringe off her forehead. She stared at us from beneath her fringe. These people live on the fringes of society. They pitched their tents at the fringe of the open fields. new housing around the urban fringe the delinquent fringe of the Nationalist Party the forests along the eastern fringe of the Andes Nina remained a sad figure on the fringe of the crowd. The factories are located on the northern fringes of the city. They are a small group existing on the fringes of political life. West of the river there was a fringe of woodland along its bank.Idioms
    the lunatic fringe noun
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    [singular + singular or plural verb] (disapproving) 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.
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