• WordNet 3.6
    • adj epistolary written in the form of or carried on by letters or correspondence "an endless sequence of epistolary love affairs","the epistolatory novel"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Epistolary Contained in letters; carried on by letters. "Epistolary correspondence."
    • Epistolary Pertaining to epistles or letters; suitable to letters and correspondence; as, an epistolary style.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • epistolary Pertaining to epistles or letters; suitable to letters and correspondence; familiar: as, an epistolary style.
    • epistolary Contained in letters; carried on by letters.
    • n epistolary A book formerly in use in the Western Church, containing the liturgical epistles. In the Greek Church the epistles are contained in a book called the apostle (apostolos or apostolus, a name also used in the West), or, as comprising the lections from both the Acts and the epistles, the praxapostolos. The epistolary was sometimes known as the lectionary. Also in the forms epistolare, epistolarium. See comes.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Epistolary pertaining to or consisting of epistles or letters: suitable to an epistle: contained in letters
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. epistolaris, fr. epistola,: cf. F. épistolaire,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr.,—L. epistola—Gr. epistolēepi, stellein, to send.


In literature:

It was to gratify the two great passions of asking and answering, that epistolary correspondence was first invented.
"The Biglow Papers" by James Russell Lowell
Nothing will improve you in epistolary writing as practice.
"Ten Boys from History" by Kate Dickinson Sweetser
Pope's epistolary excellence had an open field; he had no English rival, living or dead.
"The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. in Nine Volumes" by Samuel Johnson
These, again, are but examples from an epistolary swarm.
"A History of French Literature" by Edward Dowden
My intercourse with Rossetti, epistolary and personal, extended over a period of between three and four years.
"Recollections of Dante Gabriel Rossetti 1883" by T. Hall Caine
His Epistolary Correspondence appeared in 2 vols.
"On the Portraits of English Authors on Gardening," by Samuel Felton
Mrs. Kemble had certain fixed rules which must have been fatal to the free epistolary spirit.
"Studies in Literature and History" by Sir Alfred Comyn Lyall
In our day epistolary correspondence has been in great measure destroyed by the penny post and by rapidity of communication.
"The Age of Pope" by John Dennis
But even more than her poetry did she pique herself upon her epistolary correspondence.
"A Book of Sibyls" by Anne Thackeray (Mrs. Richmond Ritchie)
Epistolary genius is rare.
"Told in the Coffee House" by Cyrus Adler

In news:

Epistolary Drama Directed by: David Hugh Jones Starring: Anne Bancroft, Anthony Hopkins, Judi Dench, Jean De Baer, Maurice Denham.
Gurney's spare, epistolary duet for the stage, is -- as the author himself has pointed out -- a quasi-play.
Before The Patchwork Mouse came to the bookstalls, I swore a heavy oath never to display epistolary histrionics as a response to being savaged by a reviewer.
Don Peteroy's epistolary novel, "Wally," draws a straight line between pathos and pathetic.
My epistolary relationship with William F Buckley.
Dangerous Liaisons is based on an 18th-century epistolary novel by French author Pierre Choderlos de Laclos.
It is an epistolary drama constructed in a multi-layered way with aspects of spiritualism and magic realism in the mix.
The novel is epistolary in structure: that is, it purports to be a collection of real diaries that were kept by the protagonists and later collated.

In science:

After an intense epistolary exchange in March and April 1915, Einstein had to admit that his proof of the tensorial character of the left hand side of the field equations for admissible coordinate transformations was incomplete (CPAE, Vol. 8, Doc. 80).
Albert Einstein's 1916 Review Article on General Relativity
A friendly epistolary discussion with Prof. G.
On repulsive gravitational actions