Definition of telex in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈteleks/


1An international system of telegraphy with printed messages transmitted and received by teleprinters using the public telecommunications network.
Example sentences
  • Traffic around the telex network had grown from an initial 2,000-3,000 telegrams a year to some 9,000 in 1989.
  • It featured a high density of interaction, not least through the secure telex network.
  • Telephone, telex, pager, and cellular phone services are available.
1.1A telex machine.
Example sentences
  • As late as the 1980s we were forced to return to Managua or Luanda or some other relatively peaceful place in order to reach a telex machine, a telephone line or a satellite dish.
  • We had to rely upon faxes and the old telex machine, and telephone calls at different times through different time zones.
  • In a forgotten warehouse, 500 telex machines were discovered which had been bought by the previous Chilean government but left unused because nobody knew what to do with them.
1.2A message sent by telex.
Example sentences
  • Six days after the crash, the company sent an emergency telex grounding all flights, but the families' solicitor asked if it should have been sent earlier.
  • After sending the telex, he returned to the rescue operation, climbing into a hole to help a child.
  • They were the days of letters, telexes, faxes and telegrams.


[with object]
1Communicate with (someone) by telex.
Example sentences
  • They telexed the company denying breach of contract, and refusing to agree to a USD 230,000 discount.
1.1Send (a message) by telex.
Example sentences
  • You had to run out to find foreign newspapers, or have them laboriously telexed from London or Paris.
  • The advantage of resorting to a sea waybill is that it avoids the problems arising from the late arrival of the documentation; its contents can be telexed to the destination.


1930s: blend of teleprinter and exchange.

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Syllabification: tel·ex

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