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chrestomathy

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noun chres·tom·a·thy \kre-ˈstä-mə-thē\

Definition of chrestomathy

plural chres·tom·a·thies

  1. 1 :  a selection of passages used to help learn a language

  2. 2 :  a volume of selected passages or stories of an author



Origin of chrestomathy

New Latin chrestomathia, from Greek chrēstomatheia, from chrēstos useful + manthanein to learn — more at mathematical


First Known Use: 1832


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