A sample is a small amount of something from a much larger amount. The sample gives a person an idea of what something tastes like, feels like, smells like, or looks like. This word is similar to the word "example."
Samples of food are often provided at grocery stores.
After trying a sample of cheddar cheese, we decided to buy it.
Valerie brought home some wallpaper samples for her kitchen.
A small sample of paint was applied to a wall in the living room to see how it would look.
Greg sent in some samples of his artwork in order to find a job as an artist.
You can find many interesting samples of new music on Soundcloud.
The doctor wants to look at a sample of your blood.
Some companies require employees to provide a urine sample to determine if an employee has been using illegal drugs.
The word "sample" is often used as a verb when tasting a small amount of food:
We sampled some very good wine at a winery. (A winery is a place that makes wine.)
Would you like to sample some of this avocado? (Would you like to try it? Sample = try)
Sample some of this cheese. It’s very good. (Try some of this cheese.)