Epistle meaning

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A letter, especially a formal one.
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The definition of an epistle is an especially long and formal letter, or is a poem or other writing in letter form.

A very long and formal letter is an example of an epistle.

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A literary composition in the form of a letter.
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A letter, esp. a long, formal, instructive letter.
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A letter, or a literary composition in the form of a letter.
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(Christianity) One of the letters included as a book of the New Testament.
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(obsolete) To write; to communicate in a letter or by writing.

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Origin of epistle

  • Middle English epistel from Old French epistle from Latin epistola from Greek epistolē from epistellein to send a message to epi- epi- stellein to send stel- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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”).

    From Wiktionary