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[en-sam-puh l]
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noun Archaic.
  1. example.
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Origin of ensample

1200–50; Middle English < Old French, variant (en- en-1 replacing es-) of essample < Old French < Latin exemplum example
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Related Words

standard, pattern, chart, sample, ideal, exemplar, criterion, model, prototype, archetype, original, mirror, specimen, paragon, guide, copy, norm, paradigm, cynosure, ensample

Examples from the Web for ensample

Historical Examples

  • Will it please the Queen's grace to command an ensample of mine art?

    Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 2 (of 2)

    John Roby

  • Bernier told this ensample that teacheth so goodly matter, and of it he made what he might.

  • From this ensample we may learn that it is not seemly to love, and tell.

  • And if his biography were written from his childhood to his death, it would be not only an ensample, but confusion to the world.

    Renaissance in Italy Vol. 3

    John Addington Symonds

  • Angelo thought a moment and answered, humbly, "I give them an ensample of holiness."

    The Unknown Quantity

    Henry van Dyke

British Dictionary definitions for ensample


  1. an archaic word for example
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Word Origin and History for ensample


"precedent," c.1300, variant of asaumple, from Old French essample "example" (see example). The survival of this variant form is due to its use in New Testament in KJV.

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