Definition of sampler in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsamp(ə)lər/


1A piece of embroidery worked in various stitches as a specimen of skill, typically containing the alphabet and some mottoes.
Example sentences
  • Under the tutelage of the Sisters of Charity of Saint Joseph's, she would have acquired needlework skills by working a sampler or pictorial silk embroidery.
  • Many gifts were hand-made; embroidered handkerchiefs and samplers, home-made peppermints or sugared almonds wrapped in hand-decorated paper.
  • Although from very modest circumstances, a number of students acquired needle skills and worked samplers that were the equivalent in style and expertise to those worked in the most fashionable schools in Baltimore.
2A representative collection or example of something: a few superb samplers of West Indian dishes
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  • A sampler of this collection was also presented during a recent show of Satya Paul at Madame Tussaud's in London.
  • Still, it's fair to say that the episodes here represent a good sampler of One Step Beyond's brand of thriller television.
  • Like most sampler CDs, this collection of 15 rare tracks is hit and miss.
3A person or device that takes and analyzes samples.
Example sentences
  • Rows and rows of monitoring equipment, geological survey samplers, and other technical items Evan couldn't readily identify were the only occupants.
  • He and coworkers developed a method, using a chamber with microbial air samplers, to collect and quantify culturable cough-generated aerosols of M. tuberculosis.
  • Comparisons of bacterial and fungal loads by culture, from samples collected with an impaction sampler, showed Staphylococcus hemolyticus and Micrococcus lutens as the most common in indoor air.
3.1An electronic device for sampling music and sound.
Example sentences
  • For the naysayers that claim you can't play electronic dance music without samplers or drum machines, this performance would've been a eye-opener.
  • All throughout this record, the pair combine acoustic and electric instruments with samplers and various electronic devices to build a series of intricate sonic constructions with strong evocative undercurrents.
  • The microphone; the sampler, the phonograph, the electric guitar, the DJ, all of have infringed upon the sanctimony of contemporary popular music and came out vindicated.


Middle English (denoting an example to be imitated): from Old French essamplaire 'exemplar'.

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Syllabification: sam·pler

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