[ kres-tom-uh-thee ]
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noun,plural chres·tom·a·thies.
  1. a collection of selected literary passages, often by one author and especially from a foreign language.

Origin of chrestomathy

1825–35; <New Latin chrestomathia<Greek chrēstomátheia, equivalent to chrēstó(s) useful (chrēs-, stem of chrêsthai to use + -tos verbal adjective suffix) + math- (variant stem of manthánein to learn) + -eia-y3

Other words from chrestomathy

  • chres·to·math·ic [kres-tuh-math-ik], /ˌkrɛs təˈmæθ ɪk/, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for chrestomathy


/ (krɛsˈtɒməθɪ) /

nounplural -thies
  1. rare a collection of literary passages, used in the study of language

Origin of chrestomathy

C19: from Greek khrēstomatheia, from khrēstos useful + mathein to learn

Derived forms of chrestomathy

  • chrestomathic (ˌkrɛstəʊˈmæθɪk), adjective

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