sampler

1 of 2

noun (1)

sam·​pler ˈsam-plər How to pronounce sampler (audio)
: a decorative piece of needlework typically having letters or verses embroidered on it in various stitches as an example of skill

sampler

2 of 2

noun (2)

sam·​pler ˈsam-p(ə-)lər How to pronounce sampler (audio)
1
: one that collects, prepares, or examines samples
2
: something containing representative specimens or selections
a sampler of nineteen poetsK. E. Judd
also : assortment

Examples of sampler in a Sentence

Noun (2) she put together a sampler of works in the police procedural genre
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
What does McDonald's new Grandma's McFlurry taste like? Ahead of the release of Grandma's McFlurry, some would-be samplers wondered whether the treat might taste like butter pecan, butterscotch, strawberry or perhaps peppermint. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, 21 May 2024 Another mysterious item, a shoddy sampler, posed a more difficult mystery for the history enthusiasts and professionals to solve. Thomas Goodwin Smith, Baltimore Sun, 20 Apr. 2024 Milk producers can get another $100 payment to buy and use an in-line sampler to test their milk supplies. Ken Alltucker, USA TODAY, 10 May 2024 Make sure to save room for a gelato sampler from Beardcat’s downstairs, which uses local and seasonal ingredients ranging from strawberries to Counter Culture espresso. Stephanie Burt, Saveur, 8 May 2024 Pinder was an early proponent of the Mellotron, a keyboard that was essentially an early sampler that created a distinctive orchestral sound that marked many songs by the Moody Blues and other groups of the progressive-rock era. Variety, NBC News, 26 Apr. 2024 Much of Visions Out of Limelight was recorded with live instrumentation, though plenty of other instrumentals were chopped up and reassembled with a sampler. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 15 Apr. 2024 A week prior to the song’s release, Cardi posted a sampler on TikTok that has since garnered 30.6 million views and 4.9 million likes. Brendan Le, Peoplemag, 15 Mar. 2024 Smaller fragments were visible escaping the sampler mechanism. Stephen Clark, Ars Technica, 22 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1523, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1778, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of sampler was in 1523

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Cite this Entry

“Sampler.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sampler. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

sampler

1 of 2 noun
sam·​pler ˈsam-plər How to pronounce sampler (audio)
: a piece of needlework typically having letters or verses on it done in various stitches as an example of skill

sampler

2 of 2 noun
sam·​pler ˈsam-p(ə-)lər How to pronounce sampler (audio)
1
: one that collects or examines samples
2
: a collection of samples

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