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noun [countable] fringe pronunciation in American English /frɪndʒ/
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  1. 1
    the outer edge of something

    factories on the northern fringe of the city

  2. 2
    people or activities that are considered strange or extreme

    Their views belong to the wilder fringes of European politics.

    on the fringe/fringes:

    He has been forced to live on the fringes of society.

    1. a.
      activities that are connected with a major public event but are not an official part of it

      the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

      He made a speech on the fringe of the conference.

  3. 3
    a row of fibers or thin pieces of cloth that hangs down from a piece of cloth or clothing

    a blue scarf with long black fringes

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