2. One of the letters in the new testament which were addressed to their Christian brethren by Apostles. Epistle side, the right side of an altar or church to a person looking from the nave toward the chancel. One sees the pulpit on the epistle side. (R. Browning)
Origin: 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; upon, to _ to dispatch, send; cf. OF. Epistle, epistre, f. Epitre. See stall.