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Meaning of “fringe” in the English Dictionary

"fringe" in British English

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fringenoun [C]

uk   us   /frɪndʒ/

fringeverb

uk   us   /frɪndʒ/
be fringed with sth If a ​place is fringed with something, that thing ​forms a ​border along the ​edge: The ​river is fringed with ​wildflowers.
(Definition of fringe from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"fringe" in American English

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fringenoun [C]

 us   /frɪndʒ/
  • fringe noun [C] (EDGE)

the ​outer or less ​importantpart of an ​area, ​group, or ​activity: There is some ​industry on the fringes of the ​city. His ​organization is a fringe ​group (= one that ​represents the ​views of a ​smallnumber of ​people).
  • fringe noun [C] (DECORATION)

a ​decorativeedge of ​narrowstrips of ​material or ​threads on a ​piece of ​clothing or ​material

fringeverb [T]

 us   /frɪndʒ/
  • fringe verb [T] (FORM EDGE)

to ​form a ​border around the ​edge of something: The ​coast is fringed with ​islands and ​beaches.
(Definition of fringe from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"fringe" in Business English

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fringenoun [C]

uk   us   /frɪndʒ/
the outer or less important ​part of an ​area, ​group, or ​activity: the northern/eastern/southwestern, etc. fringe The courthouse - on the northeastern fringe of ​downtown - will ​housedistrict and ​bankruptcycourts.the fringe of sth The ​sharepricesoared and took the ​company to the fringe of the FTSE 100. These ​activities are very much on the fringe of their ​globaloperation. the extremist/radical/​political fringe
(Definition of fringe from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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