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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [kres-tom-uh-thee]
    • /krɛsˈtɒm ə θi/
    • /krestˈɒməθi/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [kres-tom-uh-thee]
    • /krɛsˈtɒm ə θi/

Definitions of chrestomathy word

  • noun chrestomathy a collection of literary passages, used in the study of language 3
  • noun chrestomathy a collection of literary passages, for use in studying a language 3
  • noun chrestomathy a collection of passages or pieces from the writings of an author 3
  • noun plural chrestomathy a collection of selected literary passages, often by one author and especially from a foreign language. 1
  • noun chrestomathy A selection of passages from an author or authors, designed to help in learning a language. 1
  • noun chrestomathy A collection of written passages, used to learn an unfamiliar language. 0

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Origin of chrestomathy

First appearance:

before 1825
One of the 37% newest English words
1825-35; < New Latin chrestomathia < Greek chrēstomátheia, equivalent to chrēstó(s) useful (chrēs-, stem of chrêsthai to use + -tos verbal adjective suffix) + math- (variant stem of manthánein to learn) + -eia -y3

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Parts of speech for Chrestomathy


chrestomathy popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 47% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 62% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

chrestomathy usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for chrestomathy

noun chrestomathy

  • oeuvre — the works of a writer, painter, or the like, taken as a whole.
  • anthology — An anthology is a collection of writings by different writers published together in one book.
  • library — a place set apart to contain books, periodicals, and other material for reading, viewing, listening, study, or reference, as a room, set of rooms, or building where books may be read or borrowed.
  • works — exertion or effort directed to produce or accomplish something; labor; toil.
  • classics — ancient Greek and Roman culture considered as a subject for academic study

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