What does EPISTLE mean?

Definitions for EPISTLEɪˈpɪs əl

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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


  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

  4. Origin: [OE. epistle, epistel, AS. epistol, pistol, L. epistola, fr. Gr. anything sent by a messenger, message, letter, fr. to send to, tell by letter or message; 'epi` upon, to + to dispatch, send; cf. OF. epistle, epistre, F. ptre. See Stall.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Epistle

    e-pis′l, n. a writing sent to one, a letter: esp. a letter to an individual or church from an apostle, as the Epistles of Paul: the extract from one of the apostolical epistles read as part of the communion service.—v.i. (Milt.) to preface.—ns. Epis′tler, Epis′toler, a letter-writer; Epis′tler, one who reads the liturgical epistle in the communion service.—adjs. Epis′tolary, Epis′tolatory, Epistol′ic, -al, pertaining to or consisting of epistles or letters: suitable to an epistle: contained in letters.—n. Epis′tolet, a short letter.—v.i. Epis′tolise, to write a letter.—ns. Epis′tolist, a writer of letters; Epistolog′raphy, letter-writing. [O. Fr.,—L. epistola—Gr. epistolēepi, stellein, to send.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of EPISTLE in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of EPISTLE in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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