Definition - A collection of valued literary passages.

Example -
A Mencken Chrestomathy (i.e. the best of H.L. Mencken).

Etymology -
The word derives from the Greek khrestos, useful + matheia, learning.

Oxford English Dictionary -
Its first citation is from 1832:
"The chrestomathy and diamond edition of that living polyglot book of man."
( Fraser's Magazine V. 171 )

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