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1. A selection of literary passages, usually by one author.
2. An anthology used in studying a language.
[Greek khrēstomatheia : khrēstos, useful (from khrēsthai, to use; see gher- in Indo-European roots) + -matheia, body of learning (from manthanein, math-, to learn; see mendh- in Indo-European roots).]
(Linguistics) rare a collection of literary passages, used in the study of language
[C19: from Greek khrēstomatheia, from khrēstos useful + mathein to learn]
chres•tom•a•thy(krɛsˈtɒm ə θi)
n., pl. -thies.
a collection of selected literary passages, often by one author and esp. from a foreign language.
[1825–35; < New Latin chrestomathia < Greek chrēstomátheia, derivative of chrēstó(s) useful]
chres`to•math′ic (-təˈmæθ ɪk) adj.
1. a collection of literary selections, especially in a foreign language, as an aid to learning.
2. a collection of literary selections from one author. — chrestomathie, adj.
Chrestomathya selection of choice literary passages from one or more authors, 1832.
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|Noun||1.||chrestomathy - a selection of passages from different authors that is compiled as an aid in learning a language|
excerpt, excerption, extract, selection - a passage selected from a larger work; "he presented excerpts from William James' philosophical writings"