[ ih-pis-tl-er-ee ]

  1. contained in or carried on by letters: an epistolary friendship.

  2. of, relating to, or consisting of letters.

Origin of epistolary

First recorded in 1620–30; from Late Latin epistolārius, from Latin epistolāris “of, belonging to a letter; pertaining to letter writing”; see epistle, -ar1

Other words from epistolary

  • un·e·pis·to·lar·y, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for epistolary


archaic epistolatory

/ (ɪˈpɪstələrɪ) /

  1. relating to, denoting, conducted by, or contained in letters

  2. (of a novel or other work) constructed in the form of a series of letters

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