Meaning of “sprinkling” in the English Dictionary

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"sprinkling" in British English

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sprinklingnoun [ C usually singular ]

uk /ˈsprɪŋ.kəl.ɪŋ/ us /ˈsprɪŋ.kəl.ɪŋ/

small pieces or drops of something that are dropped over a surface:

Top each bowl with a generous sprinkling of fresh mint.
figurative The audience were mainly women with a sprinkling (= a small number) of earnest-looking men.
figurative Looking young for his 40 years, he has just a sprinkling (= a small number) of grey hairs at the temples.

(Definition of “sprinkling” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)