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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
The sampler, including baby eggplant scattered with pine nuts and fresh mint, makes a nice appetizer for two. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 17 May 2023 Visitors can purchase samplers at various price points and sizes. The San Diego Union-tribune Staff, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Mar. 2023 Ubiquitous but delicious cheese plates at every restaurant from your neighborhood bar to the truly sublime sampler plate at Cheese and Crack. oregonlive, 25 Jan. 2023 Peanut butter-loving couples will go nuts (sorry, had to) over this sampler set containing 6 different sweet and salty editions. Mark Stock, Men's Health, 17 Oct. 2022 Olive oil is an essential for any home chef, so why not give them a sampler of different infusions? Cailey Lindberg, Good Housekeeping, 13 Oct. 2022 To complement the holographic microscope, a robotic sampler will collect and refrigerate about 20 liter-sized flasks of seawater that will be given to a local university upon arrival in Plymouth, Massachusetts, said Phaneuf. Smithsonian Magazine, 2 Feb. 2022 One of Dallas’ most expensive dishes, a Wagyu sampler called the Stairway to Heaven, is available at Nick & Sam’s for the shocking price of $800. Dallas News, 19 Jan. 2022 Anderson's woven together, for a delightful cinematic sampler. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 23 Oct. 2021 See More

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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

Time Traveler
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 30 May. 2023.

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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