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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The group photo of Goldman’s 2010 managing director class, for example, is a sea of men with a sprinkling of women at the front. Emily Flitter, New York Times, "Being Transgender at Goldman Sachs," 21 June 2019 The staff plans to take Nehlen’s approach in recruiting a 300-mile radius or a six-hour drive from Morgantown, while sprinkling in some Floridians. Ross Dellenger, SI.com, "Neal Brown Is Eager to Try His Hand at West Virginia's One-of-a-Kind Challenge," 27 June 2019 Thin slices of the fennel bulbs add a refreshing, cooling crunch to each bite of warm lentils and the final sprinkling of fennel fronds delivers a summery aroma. Genevieve Ko, latimes.com, "For a taste of the Mediterranean at home, try this vegan lentil salad recipe," 13 July 2019 Also, the broth — a chicken stock base that’s amped up with goat bones, Calabrian chiles and Szechuan peppercorn — didn’t meld together or pair well with the sprinkling of crushed peanuts. Daliah Singer, The Know, "Restaurant review: At Spuntino, a meal is something to be savored and shared," 10 July 2019 Sure enough, the sprinkling of royal fairy dust helped Quinn to being voted British Emerging Talent Womenswear of the year by a panel of 2,000 international editors, buyers, and industry businesspeople. Sarah Mower, Vogue, "Meghan Markle, Kate Moss, Richard Quinn, and More From Inside the 2018 Fashion Awards," 11 Dec. 2018 The lake is small, quiet and intimate, nestled in granite and edged by a sprinkling of pines. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "Sierra campgrounds, lodges open for summer on Highway 88," 4 July 2019 The compilation was in need of a sprinkling of green onion or shredded lettuce. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "This Mexican restaurant near U of L serves up some indulgent (and big!) food," 3 July 2019 Grande's was aided by a sprinkling of gorgeous glitter, while Jungkook went makeup-free for the occasion. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Ariana Grande and Jungkook of BTS Took a Glowing Post-Concert Photo, and Their Skin Is Gleaming," 8 May 2019

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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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a usually brief trip or an expedition

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