American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One who writes an epistle.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A writer of epistles.
- n. In the Anglican Ch., the bishop, priest, or deacon who acts as subdeacon at the celebration of the eucharist or holy communion: so called from his office of reading the liturgical epistle, in distinction from the gospeler or deacon.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A writer of epistles, or of an epistle of the New Testament.
- n. (Eccl.) The ecclesiastic who reads the epistle at the communion service.
- epistle + -er (Wiktionary)
“First he had there a dean, a great divine, and a man of excellent learning; and a sub-dean, a repeater of the choir, a gospeller and epistler of the singing-priests, and a master of the children”
“First, he had there a dean, a great divine, and a man of excellent learning; and a sub-dean, a repeater of the choir, a gospeller, an epistler of the singing-priests, and a master of the children: in the vestry a yeoman and two grooms, besides other retainers that came thither at principal feasts ....”
“Your fellow epistler Walter Bradley co-authored the 1984 creationist book _The Mystery of Life’s Origin_, and his creationist paper “The trustworthiness of scripture in areas relating to natural science” is online.”
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