smat·​ter·​ing | \ ˈsma-tə-riŋ How to pronounce smattering (audio) \

Definition of smattering

1 : superficial piecemeal knowledge a smattering of carpentry, house painting, bricklaying— Alva Johnston
2 : a small scattered number or amount a smattering of spectators

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Examples of smattering in a Sentence

She only knows a smattering of German. a smattering of guests at the art exhibit

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And its approximately 23,000 residents live in multimillion-dollar hill- and cliffside homes or in a smattering of apartment buildings and cottages near the town’s main artery. Brock Keeling, Curbed, "The rise and fall of Laguna Beach, a gay California hotspot," 26 June 2019 Cooking Up a Hurricane A hurricane begins as an unremarkable smattering of thunderstorms over the ocean. Nathaniel Scharping, Discover Magazine, "Hurricanes: How These Destructive Storms Form, and Why They Get So Strong," 26 June 2019 Or magazines, really, beyond a smattering of fashion and tech publications. Lizzie Widdicombe, The New Yorker, "The Newsstands of the Future Will Have No Newspapers," 21 June 2019 So were various members of Cleveland City Council, Cuyahoga County Council, and a smattering of prominent African-American pastors, some of whom took the microphone to talk about a re-emerging Glenville. Phillip Morris,, "Did Glenville pin its hopes on a hemp pipe dream?: Phillip Morris," 16 June 2019 The United States defeated Norway, 2-1, in the final and flew home from China triumphant, only to be met at the airport by a smattering of relatives and handful of reporters. Liz Clarke, Anchorage Daily News, "U.S. women’s soccer team is fighting two battles — for a World Cup title, and for equality," 11 June 2019 That prompted a Broadway tribute to the victims at the top of the show and a smattering of references to tolerance throughout it. Washington Post, "Tony Awards host James Corden hopes audience will find ‘joy’," 7 June 2019 That prompted a Broadway tribute to the victims at the top of the show and a smattering of references to tolerance throughout it. John Carucci And Mark Kennedy,, "Tony Awards host James Corden hopes audience will find 'joy'," 7 June 2019 Only around the turn of the 20th century, after national suffrage organizations had been formed and the movement had won victories in a smattering of states and territories, did the debate over women’s suffrage take hold in The Atlantic. Annika Neklason, The Atlantic, "How The Atlantic Covered the Fight for Women’s Suffrage," 4 June 2019

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First Known Use of smattering

1538, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of smattering

: a small amount of something

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