Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One who is employed to take and appraise samples, as of a food product.
  • n. A mechanical device that is used to obtain and analyze samples.
  • n. A decorative piece of cloth embroidered with various designs or mottoes in a variety of stitches, serving as an example of skill at needlework.
  • n. A representative collection or selection: a sampler of American short-story writers.
  • n. A variety; an assortment.
  • n. An electronic device used to copy and digitally manipulate a segment from an audio recording for use in a new recording.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. someone whose job is to take samples
  • n. a device that takes samples
  • n. A digital device that merges together samples of recordings
  • n. a piece of needlework embroidered with a variety of designs
  • n. a representative selection of a larger group

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who makes up samples for inspection; one who examines samples, or by samples.
  • n. A pattern; a specimen; especially, a collection of needlework patterns, as letters, borders, etc., to be used as samples, or to display the skill of the worker.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An exemplar; a pattern.
  • n. A piece of embroidery, worsted-work, or the like.
  • n. One who samples; one who makes up and exhibits samples for the inspection of merchants, etc.
  • n. A kind of shovel divided into several parallel rectangular compartments, used in taking uniform and similar samples from a heap of pulverized ore or other material to be assayed.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. someone who samples food or drink for its quality
  • n. an assortment of various samples
  • n. a piece of embroidery demonstrating skill with various stitches
  • n. an observation station that is set up to make sample observations of something

Etymologies

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.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
sample +‎ -er (Wiktionary)

Examples

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