Simple Definition of epistle
Epistle in the Bible : any one of the letters to the early Christians that are part of the New Testament
Full Definition of epistle
1 capitalized a : one of the letters adopted as books of the New Testament b : a liturgical lection usually from one of the New Testament Epistles
2 a : letter; especially : a formal or elegant letter b : a composition in the form of a letter
Examples of epistle
St. Paul's Epistle to the Romans.
He penned lengthy epistles to her.
Origin of epistle
Middle English, letter, Epistle, from Anglo-French, from Latin epistula, epistola letter, from Greek epistolē message, letter, from epistellein to send to, from epi- + stellein to send
First Known Use: 13th century
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