sampler definition by Webster's New World
- a person who prepares or selects samples for inspection
- a collection or assortment of representative selections
- an electronic device used to sample ()
- a cloth embroidered with designs, mottoes, etc. in different stitches, to show a beginner's skill
Origin: samplersenses and amp; ; from sample plush -er; samplersense ; from Middle English samplere, aphetic ; from Old French essamplaire ; from Late Latin exemplarium ; from Classical Latin exemplum: see example
sampler definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- One who is employed to take and appraise samples, as of a food product.
- A mechanical device that is used to obtain and analyze samples.
- A decorative piece of cloth embroidered with various designs or mottoes in a variety of stitches, serving as an example of skill at needlework.
- a. A representative collection or selection: a sampler of American short-story writers.b. A variety; an assortment.
- An electronic device used to copy and digitally manipulate a segment from an audio recording for use in a new recording.
Origin: Senses 3 and 4, partly Middle English, model (from Anglo-Norman *essamplur) and partly short for Middle English ensampler (from Anglo-Norman ensamplour), both from Late Latin exemplārium, model, copy, from Latin, copy; see exemplar.