Definition of telegram in English:


Line breaks: tele|gram
Pronunciation: /ˈtɛlɪɡram


A message sent by telegraph and then delivered in written or printed form, used in the UK only for international messages since 1981.
More 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.
telemessage, cable, cablegram, telex;
radiogram, radio-telegraph
informal wire


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

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