Definition of purfle in English:

purfle

noun

  • 1An ornamental border, typically one inlaid on the back or belly of a violin.

    1. 1.1archaic An embroidered edge of a garment.
      ruffle, flounce, ruff, furbelow, jabot, peplum, flute, ruche, ruching, gather, tuck, fringe
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verb

[WITH OBJECT]often as noun purfling
  • Decorate (something) with an ornamental border.

    ‘close examination of the violin shows that it contains the characteristic purfling’
    decoration, trimming, ornamentation, adornment, embellishment
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Origin

Middle English (as a verb): from Old French porfil (noun), porfiler (verb), based on Latin pro ‘forward’ + filum ‘thread’.

Pronunciation

purfle

/ˈpəːf(ə)l/