The second epistle of Peter in the Bible.
A very long and formal letter is an example of an epistle.
- a letter, esp. a long, formal, instructive letter: now generally a facetious use
- any of the letters in the New Testament
- a selection, usually from these Epistles, read in various churches
Origin of epistleMiddle English epistel ; from Old French epistle (& Old English epistol) ; from Classical Latin epistola, epistula ; from Classical Greek epistol?, a letter, message ; from epistellein, to send to ; from epi-, to + stellein, to send, summon: see stalk
- A letter, especially a formal one. See Synonyms at letter.
- A literary composition in the form of a letter.
- Epistle Bible a. One of the letters included as a book in the New Testament.b. An excerpt from one of these letters, read as part of a religious service.
Origin of epistleMiddle English epistel, from Old French epistle, from Latin epistola, from Greek epistolē, from epistellein, to send a message to : epi-, epi- + stellein, to send; see stel- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present epistles, present participle epistling, simple past and past participle epistled)
From Old French epistre, from Latin epistola, from Ancient Greek ἐπιστολή (epistolē), from ἐπιστέλλω (epistellō, “I send a message”), from ἐπί (epi, “upon”) + στέλλω (stellō, “I prepare, send”).