Purfle
Purfle Pur"fle, Purflew Pur"flew, n. 1. A hem, border., or trimming, as of embroidered work. [1913 Webster]

2. (Her.) A border of any heraldic fur. [1913 Webster]


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  • Purfle — Pur fle, v. t. [OF. pourfiler; pour for + fil a thread, L. filum. See {Profile}, and cf. {Purl} a border.] 1. To decorate with a wrought or flowered border; to embroider; to ornament with metallic threads; as, to purfle with blue and white. P.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • purfle — [pʉr′fəl] vt. purfled, purfling [ME purfilen < MFr pourfiler < pour, for (< L pro: see PRO1) + fil, thread: see FILE1] 1. to decorate the border of 2. to adorn or edge with metallic thread, beads, lace, etc. n …   English World dictionary

  • purfle — transitive verb (purfled; purfling) Etymology: Middle English purfilen, from purfil embroidered border, from Anglo French, from pur for, in place of (from Latin pro ) + fil thread, yarn more at pro , file Date: 14th century to ornament the border …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • purfle — 1. noun /ˈpəːfəl/ An ornamental border on clothing, furniture or a violin; beading, stringing. 2. verb /ˈpəːfəl/ To decorate (wood, cloth etc.) with a purfle or ornamental border; to …   Wiktionary

  • purfle — [ pə:f(ə)l] noun 1》 an ornamental border, typically one inlaid on the back or belly of a violin. 2》 archaic an ornamental or embroidered edge of a garment. verb [often as noun purfling] decorate with a purfle. Origin ME: from OFr. porfil (n.),… …   English new terms dictionary

  • purfle — n. & v. n. 1 an ornamental border, esp. on a violin etc. 2 archaic the ornamental or embroidered edge of a garment. v.tr. 1 decorate with a purfle. 2 (often foll. by with) ornament (the edge of a building). 3 beautify. Derivatives: purfling n.… …   Useful english dictionary

  • purfle — purfler, n. /perr feuhl/, v., purfled, purfling, n. v.t. 1. to finish with an ornamental border. 2. to decorate (a shrine or tabernacle) with architectural forms in miniature. n. 3. Also called purfling. an ornamental border, as the inlaid border …   Universalium

  • Purfle — To decorate with embroidery or fur; also that decoration. Cf. Gris …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • purfle — pur·fle …   English syllables

  • purfle — pur•fle [[t]ˈpɜr fəl[/t]] v. fled, fling, n. 1) fur to finish with an ornamental border 2) fur Also called pur′fling. an ornamental border, as an inlaid border on a stringed instrument. • Etymology: 1275–1325; ME purfilen < MF porfiler to make …   From formal English to slang

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