n. collection of short written passages, especially in foreign language; phrase- book.
   ♦ chrestomathic, a. pertaining to useful knowledge.

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  • Chrestomathy — (  /krɛs …   Wikipedia

  • Chrestomathy — Chres*tom a*thy, n. [Gr. ?; ? useful + ?, ?, to learn.] A selection of passages, with notes, etc., to be used in acquiring a language; as, a Hebrew chrestomathy. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • chrestomathy — [kres täm′ə thē] n. pl. chrestomathies [Gr chrēstomatheia < chrēstos, useful < chrē, it is necessary (see CATACHRESIS) + mathein, to learn; akin to manthanein: see MATHEMATICAL] 1. a collection of literary passages, for use in studying a… …   English World dictionary

  • chrestomathy — noun (plural thies) Etymology: New Latin chrestomathia, from Greek chrēstomatheia, from chrēstos useful + manthanein to learn more at mathematical Date: 1832 1. a selection of passages used to help learn a language 2. a volume of selected… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • chrestomathy — chrestomathic /kres teuh math ik/, adj. /kres tom euh thee/, n., pl. chrestomathies. a collection of selected literary passages, often by one author and esp. from a foreign language. [1825 35; < NL chrestomathia < Gk chrestomátheia, equiv. to… …   Universalium

  • chrestomathy — noun /ˈkrɛstəʊmæθi,ˈkrɛstoʊmæθi/ a) A collection of written passages, used to learn an unfamiliar language. b) A collection of choice passages from an author or authors …   Wiktionary

  • chrestomathy — n. selection of passages compiled as a help in learning of literature or language …   English contemporary dictionary

  • chrestomathy — [krɛ stɒməθi] noun (plural chrestomathies) formal a selection of passages used to help in learning a language. Origin C19: from Gk khrēstomatheia, from khrēstos useful + matheia learning …   English new terms dictionary

  • chrestomathy — chres·tom·a·thy …   English syllables

  • chrestomathy — chres•tom•a•thy [[t]krɛsˈtɒm ə θi[/t]] n. pl. thies lit. a collection of selected literary passages, often by one author and esp. from a foreign language • Etymology: 1825–35; < NL chrestomathia < Gk chrēstomátheia, der. of chrēstó(s)… …   From formal English to slang

  • chrestomathy — /krɛsˈtɒməθi/ (say kres tomuhthee) noun (plural chrestomathies) a collection of selected passages, especially from a foreign language. {Greek chrēstomatheia, literally, useful learning} –chrestomathic /ˌkrɛstoʊˈmæθɪk/ (say .krestoh mathik),… …  

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