Meaning of purfle in English:


Pronunciation /ˈpəːf(ə)l/


  • 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


[with object]
  • Decorate (something) with an ornamental border.

    • ‘one of their bestselling items is a clear plastic raincoat purfled with ribbon’
    decoration, trimming, ornamentation, adornment, embellishment


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