Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One who writes an epistle.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A writer of an epistle.
  • n. The ecclesiastic who reads the epistle at the communion service.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A writer of epistles, or of an epistle of the New Testament.
  • n. The ecclesiastic who reads the epistle at the communion service.

from The 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.

Etymologies

epistle +‎ -er (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 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

    The Customs of Old England

  • 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 ....

    The Customs of Old England

  • 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.

    A critique of Himmelfarb's scientific views - The Panda's Thumb

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