noun, plural chres·tom·a·thies.
Origin of chrestomathy
Examples from the Web for chrestomathy
The Persian text of these fables appeared in 1805 in the chrestomathy appended to Fr.The Influence of India and Persia on the Poetry of Germany|Arthur F. J. Remy
The second is 'Bontsie Silent,' which is given in our Chrestomathy.
Chrestomathy, kres-tom′a-thi, n. a book of selections from foreign languages, usually for beginners.
Nothing is known of an Ἀνθηρῶν συναγωγή, a sort of anthology or chrestomathy attributed to him by Suidas.
British Dictionary definitions for chrestomathy
noun plural -thies
Word Origin for chrestomathy
Word Origin and History for chrestomathy
"collection of literary passages," 1774, from French chrestomathie, from Latinized form of Greek khrestomatheia "desire of learning; book containing selected passages," lit. "useful learning," from khrestos "useful" (verbal adjective of khresthai "to make use of;" see hortatory) + manthanein "to learn" (see mathematic). Related: Chrestomathic.