Meaning of “epistle” in the English Dictionary

"epistle" in British English

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epistlenoun [ C ]

uk /ɪˈpɪs.əl/ us /ɪˈpɪs.əl/

formal a letter:

humorous Many thanks for your lengthy epistle, which arrived in this morning's post.

one of the letters written to the early Christians by the apostles (= the first men who believed in Jesus Christ)

adjective uk /ɪˈpɪstəl.ər.i/ us /ɪˈpɪs.tə formal

(Definition of “epistle” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)