Definition of telegram in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈteləˌɡram/


A message sent by telegraph and then delivered in written or printed form.
Example sentences
  • He was a spoilt child and became an utterly self-obsessed adult - he used to lock himself in an upstairs room and send his wife telegrams demanding she deliver him a meal.
  • They were the days of letters, telexes, faxes and telegrams.
  • They had been writing so regularly - and often sending telegrams - that she knew almost to the day where the herd would be.
informal wire
dated radiogram
historical cable, cablegram


Mid 19th century: from tele- 'at a distance' + -gram1, on the pattern of telegraph.

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Syllabification: tel·e·gram

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