Etymology
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sampler (n.)

early 14c., "pattern or model to be imitated," from sample (n.) in one of its older senses now found only in its source, example. The meaning "embroidery specimen by a beginner to show skill," (1520s) is probably originally meant as "piece of embroidery serving as an illustrative specimen," or "pattern to be copied or to fix and retain a valuable pattern." As "a collection of samples, a representative selection," from 1912.

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Definitions of sampler

sampler (n.)
an observation station that is set up to make sample observations of something;
Synonyms: sampling station
sampler (n.)
someone who samples food or drink for its quality;
Synonyms: taster / taste tester / taste-tester
sampler (n.)
an assortment of various samples;
a sampler of French poets
a candy sampler
sampler (n.)
a piece of embroidery demonstrating skill with various stitches;
From wordnet.princeton.edu