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epistolary

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adjective epis·to·lary \i-ˈpis-tə-ˌler-ē, ˌe-pi-ˈstȯ-lə-rē\

Simple Definition of epistolary

  • : of or relating to a letter : suitable to a letter

  • : written in the form of a series of letters

Full Definition of epistolary

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or suitable to a letter

  2. 2 :  contained in or carried on by letters <an endless sequence of…epistolary love affairs — Times Literary Supplement>

  3. 3 :  written in the form of a series of letters <an epistolary novel>


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epistolary

noun epis·to·lary

Definition of epistolary

plural epistolar·ies

  1. :  a lectionary containing a body of liturgical epistles



Circa 1900

First Known Use of epistolary

circa 1900

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