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NOUN (2)

1. a specially long, formal letter;

2. a book of the New Testament written in the form of a letter from an Apostle;

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3 definitions retrieved:

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Epistle \E*pis"tle\, v. t. To write; to communicate in a letter or by writing. [Obs.] --Milton. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Epistle \E*pis"tle\, n. [OE. epistle, epistel, AS. epistol, pistol, L. epistola, fr. Gr. ? anything sent by a messenger, message, letter, fr. ? to send to, tell by letter or message; 'epi` upon, to + ? to dispatch, send; cf. OF. epistle, epistre, F. ['e]p[^i]tre. See Stall.] 1. A writing directed or sent to a person or persons; a written communication; a letter; -- applied usually to formal, didactic, or elegant letters. [1913 Webster] A madman's epistles are no gospels. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. (Eccl.) One of the letters in the New Testament which were addressed to their Christian brethren by Apostles. [1913 Webster] Epistle side, the right side of an altar or church to a person looking from the nave toward the chancel. [1913 Webster] One sees the pulpit on the epistle side. --R. Browning. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

epistle n 1: a specially long, formal letter 2: a book of the New Testament written in the form of a letter from an Apostle