Middle English Dictionary Entry

saumplē̆r(e n.
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Note: Cp. essamplaire n., exaumplē̆re n.
(a) A divine plan; a divine archetype or pattern; (b) an earthly copy of a divine archetype; also, an earthly representation [1st quot.].
A copy or the text of a book or treatise; a copy of a book from which other copies are made, an exemplar; also, a text translated into a language other than the original.
(a) A model (as a person, teachings) to be imitated, an example; maken ~, to make an example (of oneself); maken ~ for to don after, take something as a model to emulate; (b) a replica of an object, serving as a model which may be copied.

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Note: Med., etc., see further J.Norri, Dictionary of Medical Vocabulary, s.v. sampler.