1An ornamental border, typically one inlaid on the back or belly of a violin.
- 1.1 archaic An ornamental or embroidered edge of a garment.ruffle, flounce, ruff, furbelow, jabot, peplum, flute, ruche, ruching, gather, tuck, fringe
- 1.1 archaic An ornamental or embroidered edge of a garment.
transitive verb[with object]
Decorate (something) with an ornamental border.
decoration, trimming, ornamentation, adornment, embellishment
- ‘one of their bestselling items is a clear plastic raincoat purfled with ribbon’
Middle English (as a verb): from Old French porfil (noun), porfiler (verb), based on Latin pro ‘forward’ + filum ‘thread’.
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