The Closing Word: Epistolary

The Closing Word: EpistolaryThis week we continue our vocabulary-building series, “The Closing Word.” Each week we provide a new word to help build your vocabulary and show you an example of how to use it.

This week’s closing word:


Pronounced: (ee-PISS-toe-lair-ee)

written in the form of or carried on by letters or correspondence

From They’ve gone out of fashion now, but in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries the “epistolary novel,” written in the form of fictional letters to and from various corespondents, was all the rage. One of the most famous such novels (or at least part epistolary) is Bram Stoker’s “Dracula.” Epistolary is related to the word epistle, a fancy term for “letter.”

“Tanya’s resolution for 2019 was to sharpen her epistolary skills, keeping up with her clients through periodic, nurturing letters and thank-you notes.”


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