epistolary
I. adjective Date: circa 1656 1. of, relating to, or suitable to a letter 2. contained in or carried on by letters <
an endless sequence of…epistolary love affairs — Times Literary Supplement
>
3. written in the form of a series of letters <
an epistolary novel
>
II. noun (plural -laries) Date: circa 1900 a lectionary containing a body of liturgical epistles

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Epistolary — E*pis to*la*ry, a. [L. epistolaris, fr. epistola: cf. F. [ e]pistolaire.] 1. Pertaining to epistles or letters; suitable to letters and correspondence; as, an epistolary style. [1913 Webster] 2. Contained in letters; carried on by letters.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • epistolary — (adj.) 1650s, from Fr. épistolaire, from L. epistolaris, from epistola (see EPISTLE (Cf. epistle)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • epistolary — ► ADJECTIVE 1) relating to the writing of letters. 2) (of a literary work) in the form of letters …   English terms dictionary

  • epistolary — [ē pis′tə ler΄ē] adj. [Fr épistolaire < L epistolaris < epistola, EPISTLE] 1. of or suitable to letters or letter writing 2. contained in or conducted by letters 3. written in the form of a series of letters exchanged by the characters, as… …   English World dictionary

  • epistolary — [[t]ɪpɪ̱stələri, AM leri[/t]] ADJ: ADJ n An epistolary novel or story is one that is written as a series of letters. [FORMAL] It s written in epistolary form. ...Laclos s famous epistolary novel …   English dictionary

  • epistolary — e•pis•to•lar•y [[t]ɪˈpɪs tlˌɛr i[/t]] adj. 1) contained in or carried on by letters: an epistolary friendship[/ex] 2) of, pertaining to, or consisting of letters 3) lit. written in the form of a series of letters: an epistolary novel[/ex] •… …   From formal English to slang

  • epistolary — /i pis tl er ee/, adj. 1. contained in or carried on by letters: an epistolary friendship. 2. of, pertaining to, or consisting of letters. [1650 60; < L epistolaris of, belonging to a letter. See EPISTLE, AR1] * * * …   Universalium

  • epistolary — adj. Epistolary is used with these nouns: ↑novel …   Collocations dictionary

  • epistolary — e|pis|to|la|ry [ıˈpıstələri US leri] adj formal written in the form of a letter or a series of letters ▪ an epistolary novel …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • epistolary — e|pis|to|lar|y [ ı pıstə,leri ] adjective LITERARY relating to the writing of letters a. an epistolary novel consists of a series of letters written by the people in the story …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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