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-, fileDate: 14th century to ornament the border or edges of • purflenoun
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. Etymology: ME f. OF porfil, porfiler ult. f. L filum thread
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. Plowman. A goodly lady clad in scarlet red, Purfled with gold and pearl of rich assay. --Spenser. 2. (Her.) To ornament with a bordure of emines, furs, and the like; also, with gold studs or mountings.