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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or associated with letters or the writing of letters.
  • adj. Being in the form of a letter: epistolary exchanges.
  • adj. Carried on by or composed of letters: an epistolary friendship.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. of or relating to letters, or the writing of letters
  • adj. carried on by written correspondence
  • adj. in the manner of written correspondence

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to epistles or letters; suitable to letters and correspondence.
  • adj. Contained in letters; carried on by letters.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to epistles or letters; suitable to letters and correspondence; familiar: as, an epistolary style.
  • Contained in letters; carried on by letters.
  • n. A book formerly in use in the Western Church, containing the liturgical epistles.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. written in the form of or carried on by letters or correspondence

Etymologies

From Latin epistolāris, from epistola, epistle; see epistle.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
1650s, from French épistolaire, from Latin epistolaris, from Latin epistola ("letter") (English epistle), from Ancient Greek ἐπιστολή (epistolē) from ἐπιστέλλω (epistellō, "I send a message") from ἐπί (epi, "upon") + στέλλω (stellō, "I prepare, send"). (Wiktionary)

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