The definition of a sample is a small part of something used to represent the whole or to learn something about the whole.(noun)
To sample is to take a small taste or experience a small amount of something to get a better idea of the whole.(verb)
An example of sample is when you go to a wine tasting to taste a sip of different wines.
See sample in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME, aphetic for asample < Anglo-Fr, for OFr essample: see example
See sample in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Partly Middle English (from Anglo-Norman)
Origin: and partly short for Middle English ensample (from Anglo-Norman)
Origin: , both from Latin exemplum; see example.
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