- contained in or carried on by letters: an epistolary friendship.
- of, relating to, or consisting of letters.
Origin of epistolary
Examples from the Web for epistolary
Epistolary novels often function best as exercises in pacing.This Week’s Hot Reads: Jan. 21, 2013
January 22, 2013
Chatwin's tone throughout Under the Sun recalls the Duchess of Devonshire's epistolary adieu, "In tearing haste—."The Enigmatic Nomad
Kirk Davis Swinehart
February 26, 2011
It is as if the Zodiac Killer and the Unabomber were having an epistolary debate in the newspaper.Headless Bodies in Endless War
June 8, 2010
Dickinson scholar Judith Farr funneled her knowledge into an epistolary novel, I Never Came to You in White.Emily Dickinson's Racy Side
March 1, 2010
This fault is, as we have said, aggravated by the epistolary method.Hours in a Library, Volume I. (of III.)
Most of his common letters were among the models of epistolary correspondence.The English Spy
My acquaintance with Mrs. M'Corkle has been only epistolary.The Crusade of the Excelsior
His epistolary power and skill in arguing his own case were creditable to him.Sandra Belloni, Complete
We do here as we do with novels written in the epistolary form.The Works of Charles and Mary Lamb
- relating to, denoting, conducted by, or contained in letters
- (of a novel or other work) constructed in the form of a series of letters
Word Origin and History for epistolary
1650s, from French épistolaire, from Latin epistolaris, from epistola (see epistle).