Meaning of epistolary in English:


Pronunciation /ɪˈpɪst(ə)ˌləri/

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  • 1(of a literary work) in the form of letters.

    ‘an epistolary novel’
    • ‘In one sense it is an epistolary novel, replete with plot and characters, scenes and backdrops.’
    • ‘Shklovsky's second literary book - Zoo, or Letters Not about Love - takes the form of an epistolary novel.’
    • ‘Also in 2004, her infamous epistolary vampire novel, The Letters of Mina Harker, was reprinted by the University of Wisconsin Press.’
    • ‘‘This is an epistolary novel so heartbreaking that no one is likely to surpass its emotional effects in a letter form’, writes Irving.’
    • ‘Richardson's epistolary novels hinge entirely on the emotional lives of his characters.’
    1. 1.1 literary Relating to the writing of letters.
      ‘One method used by writers of young adult literature to express these themes has been the epistolary, or letter writing form.’
      • ‘And the epistolary appearance of Lord Peter's mother - the apparently fluttery but always acute duchess, is certainly a Sayers highlight.’
      • ‘There is a long tradition of epistolary relationships and the only difference between us and, say, Victorian letter writers is that our letters get there faster.’
      • ‘Great care and attention should be devoted to epistolary correspondence, as nothing exhibits want of taste and judgment so much as a slovenly letter.’
      • ‘I think we're in a new epistolary age where style, ideas and facts matter.’


Mid 17th century from French épistolaire or Latin epistolaris, from epistola (see epistle).