sprin·​kling | \ ˈspriŋ-kliŋ How to pronounce sprinkling (audio) \

Definition of sprinkling

1 : a limited quantity or amount : modicum
2 : a small quantity falling in scattered drops or particles
3 : a small number distributed at random : scattering

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Examples of sprinkling in a Sentence

a sprinkling of fans showed up at the airport just a sprinkling of experience with the computer program

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Unisex pajamas with a sprinkling of multicolored stars and a rainbow pattern on the back are a subtle nod to Pride month. Kavita Daswani, latimes.com, "Celebrate Pride month and beyond with a rainbow of fashion options," 13 June 2019 Grape Tarts Makes 6 to 8 servings One 14-ounce package Dufour frozen puff pastry, defrosted in the refrigerator ¼ cup honey 6 to 8 ounces seedless grapes, each cut in half 1 large egg 1 tablespoon water Demerera sugar, for sprinkling (optional) 1. Bonnie S. Benwick, The Seattle Times, "For a different Thanksgiving dessert, swap pie for parfaits," 13 Nov. 2018 Add a few shovels of well-aged compost and a sprinkling of bone meal to the planting holes before placing plants. Debbie Arrington, sacbee, "Waiting is over; plant your tomatoes now | The Sacramento Bee," 27 Apr. 2018 Serve with potato wedges, topped with scallions, cilantro and a drizzle of hot sesame chile oil or sprinkling of red-pepper flakes, and more tamari sauce. Melissa Clark, The Seattle Times, "How to make sheet-pan suppers without the meat," 1 Oct. 2018 Nassib emphasized his points by sprinkling in profanity not fit for family viewing. Tom Withers, The Seattle Times, "Grandma sees red on foul blue streak by Browns player on HBO," 13 Aug. 2018 And anyone can make their own botanical blend, sprinkling in citrus notes or spicy notes or notes straight out of a Hogwarts potions class (hello, wormwood). Elise Taylor, Vogue, "How Gin Bounced Back From Decades of Decline to Become London’s Latest It Drink," 11 June 2018 The couple restored this stunning 19th-century farmhouse surrounded by 450 olive trees, orange groves, and a sprinkling of fig trees with a deep dedication to its Ibicenco legacy. Elizabeth Wellington, Vogue, "For Authentic Ibiza, Visit in the Winter," 15 Feb. 2019 Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro demonstrates his Salt Bae sprinkling technique during a press conference at the Miraflores Presidential Palace, in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018. Fox News, "Venezuela's Maduro may skip UN meeting over security fears," 18 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of sprinkling

1561, in the meaning defined at sense 3

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The first known use of sprinkling was in 1561

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English Language Learners Definition of sprinkling

: a small amount that is sprinkled on something


sprin·​kling | \ ˈspriŋ-kliŋ How to pronounce sprinkling (audio) \

Kids Definition of sprinkling

: a very small number or amount a sprinkling of sugar

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