One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Christian Church. A person who reads the Epistle during a church service.
2Chiefly literary. A letter-writer; = epistler.
Early 16th century; earliest use found in Receyt Ladie Kateryne. Probably from epistle + -er, perhaps after Middle French epistolier, French épistolier person who reads the Epistle during a church service, letter-writer.
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