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epistolary

[ih-pis-tl-er-ee] /ɪˈpɪs tlˌɛr i/
adjective
1.
contained in or carried on by letters:
an epistolary friendship.
2.
of, relating to, or consisting of letters.
Origin of epistolary
1650-1660
1650-60; < Latin epistolāris of, belonging to a letter. See epistle, -ar1
Related forms
unepistolary, adjective
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epistolary

/ɪˈpɪstələrɪ/
adjective
1.
relating to, denoting, conducted by, or contained in letters
2.
(of a novel or other work) constructed in the form of a series of letters
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Word Origin and History for epistolary
adj.

1650s, from French épistolaire, from Latin epistolaris, from epistola (see epistle).

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