An example of a sample is a free piece of sausage at the grocery store that is designed to get you to buy a box of sausage.
An example of a sample is a small piece of a tumor that is taken to test in a lab.
An example of a sample is a small subset of society who is surveyed in order to get an idea of the opinion of society as a whole.
An example of sample is when you go to a wine tasting to taste a sip of different wines.
"...it is possible it [the Anglo-Saxon race] might stand second to the Scandinavian countries [in average height] if a fair sample of their population were obtained." Francis Galton et al. (1883). Final Report of the Anthropometric Committee, Report of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, p. 269.
Thus he concludes, and every hardy knight / His sample followed.
The restaurant critic who must sample a little of everything.
Sample test questions; a sample piece of fabric.
Samples of wallpaper.
A sample of his humor.
Origin of sample
- Partly Middle English (from Anglo-Norman) and partly short for Middle English ensample (from Anglo-Norman) both from Latin exemplum example
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition