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  • /ˈkrɛstəʊmæθi/ (RP)
  • /ˈkrɛstoʊmæθi/ (US)


From χρηστομάθεια “useful for learning”


  1. A collection of written passages, used to learn an unfamiliar language.

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Chrestomathy (from the Greek words khrestos, useful, and mathein, to know) is a collection of choice literary passages, used especially as an aid in learning a foreign language.
In philology or in the study of literature, it is a type of reader or anthology which presents a sequence of example texts, selected to demonstrate the development of language or literary style.


  • Bernhard Dorn, A Chrestomathy of the Pushtu or Afghan language, St. Petersburg: 1847
chrestomathy in German: Chrestomathie
chrestomathy in Spanish: Crestomatía
chrestomathy in Lithuanian: Chrestomatija
chrestomathy in Hungarian: Chrestomathia
chrestomathy in Norwegian: Chrestomati
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