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Old English sample, asaumple, Old French essample, example, from Latin exemplum.

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Singular
sample

Plural
samples

sample (plural samples)

  1. A part of anything presented for inspection, or shown as evidence of the quality of the whole; a specimen; as, goods are often purchased by samples.
    "I design this but for a sample of what I hope more fully to discuss." -Woodward.
  2. (music) Gratuitous borrowing of easily recognised phases (or moments) from other music (or movies) in a recording, used to emphasize a particular point by implying a certain context.
  3. (obsolete) Example; pattern.
    "Thus he concludes, and every hardy knight His sample followed." -Fairfax.


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