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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Stack a sprinkling of the cucumber/mint/celery/radish/lime into the glass. Erin Hill, PEOPLE.com, "Meghan Markle's Summer Favorites from 2014 Unearthed — and It Includes a 'Love of All Things Brit'," 26 Aug. 2019 One of the exciting freshmen could command a sprinkling of carries. Christopher Smith, al, "Auburn’s running game will determine the Tigers’ 2019 betting value," 21 Aug. 2019 Asian-style pork ribs, stacked in crosshatched fashion, had a sweet soy glaze and sprinkling of sesame seeds, tasty though excessively salty. Rand Richards Cooper, courant.com, "Review: Down-home BBQ gets upscale at Que Whiskey Kitchen in Southington," 1 Aug. 2019 Even humble vanilla ice cream is made memorable with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkling of sea salt—a simple move you might be tempted to try at home. Jessica Henderson, The New Yorker, "Udon Takes On New Texture at Hanon," 12 July 2019 For Caesar salad, serve drizzled with Caesar dressing, a sprinkling of lemon juice and optional croutons. Daniel Neman, Twin Cities, "You can grill that? 6 new recipes to try this season," 4 July 2019 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

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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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to make a temporary encampment

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