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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.


Old French ensample.


ensample (plural ensamples)

  1. (obsolete) An example; a pattern or model for imitation.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Tyndale to this entry?)
    • Bible, Peter v. 3:
      Being ensamples to the flock.
    • 1600, Edward Fairfax, The Jerusalem Delivered of Tasso, Book IX, xxviii:
      The bold ensample of their father's might / Their weapons whetted and their wrath increas'd.
    • 1662 Book of Common Prayer, Collect for the Second Sunday after Easter
      Almighty God, who hast given thine only Son to be unto us both a sacrifice for sin, and also an ensample of godly life:


ensample (third-person singular simple present ensamples, present participle ensampling, simple past and past participle ensampled)

  1. (obsolete) To exemplify, to show by example.



Middle English[edit]


Old French ensample


ensample (plural ensamples)

  1. example

Old French[edit]


ensample m (oblique plural ensamples, nominative singular ensamples, nominative plural ensample)

  1. Alternative form of essainple