epistolary


Also found in: Thesaurus, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

e·pis·to·lar·y

 (ĭ-pĭs′tə-lĕr′ē)
adj.
1. Of or associated with letters or the writing of letters.
2. Being in the form of a letter: epistolary exchanges.
3. Carried on by or composed of letters: an epistolary friendship.

[From Latin epistolāris, from epistola, epistle; see epistle.]

epistolary

(ɪˈpɪstələrɪ) or archaic

epistolatory

adj
1. relating to, denoting, conducted by, or contained in letters
2. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) (of a novel or other work) constructed in the form of a series of letters

e•pis•to•lar•y

(ɪˈpɪs tlˌɛr i)

adj.
1. contained in or carried on by letters: an epistolary friendship.
2. of, pertaining to, or consisting of letters.
3. written in the form of a series of letters: an epistolary novel.
[1650–60; < Latin epistolāris. See epistle, -ar1]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.epistolary - written in the form of or carried on by letters or correspondence; "an endless sequence of epistolary love affairs"; "the epistolatory novel"
informal - used of spoken and written language
Translations

epistolary

[ɪˈpɪstələrɪ] ADJepistolar

epistolary

adjBrief-; epistolary novelBriefroman m
References in classic literature ?
She wrote at great length the same day; cried profusely over her own epistolary composition; and was remarkably ill-tempered and snappish toward me, when we met in the evening.
My aunt had written her one of the odd, abrupt notes - very little longer than a Bank note - to which her epistolary efforts were usually limited.
Colette (whose name I do not know how to spell, for I was never in epistolary communication with that hospitable outlaw) was simply an unlicensed publican, who gave suppers after eleven at night, the Edinburgh hour of closing.
The whole subject was now beginning to be too sacred even for such a communication; and as the mind of Julia every hour became more entranced with its new master, her delicacy shrunk from an exposure of her weakness: it was getting too serious for the light compositions of epistolary correspondence.
For though Lady Bertram rather shone in the epistolary line, having early in her marriage, from the want of other employment, and the circumstance of Sir Thomas's being in Parliament, got into the way of making and keeping correspondents, and formed for herself a very creditable, common-place, amplifying style, so that a very little matter was enough for her: she could not do entirely without any; she must have something to write about, even to her niece; and being so soon to lose all the benefit of Dr.
Very little assistance to the State could be derived from the epistolary intercourse of Mrs.
His first thought was of some dark menace from abroad; then he reflected that he did not know her epistolary style, and that it might run to picturesque exaggeration.
To me it is something more than a mere curiosity of epistolary composition.
We write to one another,' said Rosa, pouting, as she recalled their epistolary differences.
I have produced nothing with a sharper epistolary edge to it since I tendered his dismissal in writing to that extremely troublesome person, Mr.
In his epistolary communication, as in his dialogues and discourses on the great question to which it related, Mr Dorrit surrounded the subject with flourishes, as writing-masters embellish copy-books and ciphering-books: where the titles of the elementary rules of arithmetic diverge into swans, eagles, griffins, and other calligraphic recreations, and where the capital letters go out of their minds and bodies into ecstasies of pen and ink.
Letters and Epistolary Culture in Early Medieval China.