One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A selection of passages from an author or authors, designed to help in learning a language.
- ‘I may quote more, and compare it to other chrestomathies if anyone's interested.’
- ‘The material which eventually made it into Mencken's second chrestomathy was selected, revised, and annotated by Mencken himself.’
- ‘Despite structural similarities between Orientalist chrestomathies and Westermarck's ethnography, the principles regulating their interpretation were not the same.’
- ‘This publication is most welcome since the chrestomathies of the twentieth century have long been out of print.’
- ‘In the latter significance the term is often used by linguists, and in some of the chrestomathies issued by them in recent years.’
Mid 19th century: from Greek khrēstomatheia, from khrēstos ‘useful’ + -matheia ‘learning’.
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