sampler

noun (1)
sam·​pler | \ ˈsam-plər How to pronounce sampler (audio) \

Definition of sampler

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a decorative piece of needlework typically having letters or verses embroidered on it in various stitches as an example of skill

sampler

noun (2)
sam·​pler | \ ˈsam-p(ə-)lər How to pronounce sampler (audio) \

Definition of sampler (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : one that collects, prepares, or examines samples
2 : something containing representative specimens or selections a sampler of nineteen poets— K. E. Judd also : assortment

First Known Use of sampler

Noun (1)

1523, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1778, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Sampler.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sampler. Accessed 5 December 2019.

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