Adjective "epistolary" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


(of a literary work) in the form of letters.
  1. '‘This is an epistolary novel so heartbreaking that no one is likely to surpass its emotional effects in a letter form’, writes Irving.'
  2. 'Also in 2004, her infamous epistolary vampire novel, The Letters of Mina Harker, was reprinted by the University of Wisconsin Press.'
  3. 'Richardson's epistolary novels hinge entirely on the emotional lives of his characters.'
  4. 'One method used by writers of young adult literature to express these themes has been the epistolary, or letter writing form.'
  5. '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.'


1. contained in or carried on by letters: an epistolary friendship.

2. of, relating to, or consisting of letters.

More examples(as adjective)

"novels can be epistolary."

"theories can be epistolary."

"tenses can be epistolary."

"services can be epistolary."

"self-restraints can be epistolary."

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