Definition of chrestomathy in English:


Syllabification: chres·tom·a·thy
Pronunciation: /kreˈstäməTHē

noun (plural chrestomathies)

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mid 19th century: from Greek khrēstomatheia, from khrēstos 'useful' + -matheia 'learning'.

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