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[sam-pler, sahm-] /ˈsæm plər, ˈsɑm-/
a person who samples.
a piece of cloth embroidered with various stitches, serving to show a beginner's skill in needlework.
a collection of samples, selections, etc.:
a sampler of French poetry.
an electronic device that digitally encodes and stores samples of sound.
Origin of sampler
1250-1300; Middle English samplere < Old French essamplere, exemplaire < Latin exemplārium exemplar Unabridged
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Examples from the web for sampler
  • If you've never grown heirlooms before and don't know where to begin, start with a sampler.
  • The sampler tins are fun if you want to try new teas.
  • The result is both an engrossing sampler of the city's many literary voices and an informal survey of its rich cultural history.
  • The sampler set is included in this, cinnamon-apple jelly in a large jar homemade cookies.
  • We added some successful new items, such as our sampler platter.
  • For lunch, start with an order of calamari or a tuna sampler.
  • Mysterious or comic, historical or touching, a seasonal sampler of fine fiction.
British Dictionary definitions for sampler


a person who takes samples
a piece of embroidery executed as an example of the embroiderer's skill in using a variety of stitches: often incorporating numbers, letters, and the name and age of the embroiderer in a decorative panel
(music) a piece of electronic equipment used for sampling
a recording comprising a collection of tracks from other albums, intended to stimulate interest in the featured products
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Contemporary definitions for sampler

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Word Origin and History for sampler

"embroidery specimen by a beginner to show skill," 1520s, from sample (n.); earlier "pattern, model, example to be imitated" (early 14c.). The connecting notion is probably "piece of embroidery serving as a pattern to be copied, or to fix and retain the pattern." As "a collection of samples" from 1912.

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