General English


  • noun the members of a group or organisation whose views are not representative of the group as a whole

Origin & History of “fringe”

late Latin fimbria meant ‘fibre, thread’ (it is used in modern English as an anatomical term for a threadlike structure, such as the filaments at the opening of the Fallopian tube). In the plural it was applied to a ‘fringe’, and eventually this meaning fed back into the singular. In vulgar Latin fimbria, by the sound-reversal process known as metathesis, became *frimbia, which passed into Old French as fringe or frengesource of the English word.