Definitions for epistleɪˈpɪs əl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

e•pis•tleɪˈpɪs əl(n.)

  1. a letter, esp. a formal or didactic one.

  2. (usu. cap.) one of the apostolic letters in the New Testament. an extract read at the Eucharistic service in certain churches, usu. from the Epistles.

    Category: Bible

Origin of epistle:

bef. 900; ME; OE epistol < L epistula, epistola < Gk epistolḗ message, letter

Princeton's WordNet

  1. epistle(noun)

    a specially long, formal letter

  2. Epistle(noun)

    a book of the New Testament written in the form of a letter from an Apostle

Wiktionary

  1. epistle(Noun)

    A letter, or a literary composition in the form of a letter.

  2. epistle(Noun)

    One of the letters included as a book of the New Testament.

  3. Origin: From epistle, from epistola, from ἐπιστολή, from ἐπιστέλλω, from ἐπί + στέλλω.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Epistle(noun)

    a writing directed or sent to a person or persons; a written communication; a letter; -- applied usually to formal, didactic, or elegant letters

  2. Epistle(noun)

    one of the letters in the New Testament which were addressed to their Christian brethren by Apostles

  3. Epistle(verb)

    to write; to communicate in a letter or by writing

Freebase

  1. Epistle

    An epistle is a writing directed or sent to a person or group of people, usually an elegant and formal didactic letter. The epistle genre of letter-writing was common in ancient Egypt as part of the scribal-school writing curriculum. The letters in the New Testament from Apostles to Christians are usually referred to as epistles. Those traditionally attributed to Paul are known as Pauline epistles and the others as catholic epistles.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

epistle(noun)

a letter, especially in the Bible from an apostle

The epistles of St Paul.

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