Definition of epistle noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    epistle

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ɪˈpɪsl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈpɪsl//
     
    Religious texts
     
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  1. 1 Epistle any of the letters in the New Testament of the Bible, written by the first people who followed Christ the Epistles of St Paul See related entries: Religious texts
  2. 2(formal or humorous) a long, serious letter on an important subject
  3. Word Origin Old English, via Latin from Greek epistolē, from epistellein ‘send news’, from epi ‘upon, in addition’ + stellein ‘send’. The word was reintroduced in Middle English from Old French.
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