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sampler

[ sam-pler, sahm- ]
/ ˈsæm plər, ˈsɑm- /
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noun

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.

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samphire, sample, sample point, sample room, sample space, sampler, sampling, sampling distribution, sampling frame, sampling statistic, sampo

Origin of sampler

1250–1300; Middle English samplere < Old French essamplere, exemplaire < Latin exemplārium exemplar
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British Dictionary definitions for sampler

sampler

/ (ˈsɑːmplə) /

noun

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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Word Origin and History for sampler

sampler


n.

"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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