tele

1 of 2

noun

less common spelling of telly

British, informal
: television
… I asked parents what they thought of children's telly. Vanessa Feltz
While you were doing your couch potato number in front of the telly last Sun., 67-yr-old Zadu Taft was swimming across the Golden Gate … Berb Caen
Is there any truth to the hundreds of pieces of advice we hear from aunt Jane, who 'saw it on the tele'? Patrick Holler

tele-

2 of 2

combining form

variants or tel-
1
: distant : at a distance : over a distance
telegram
2
a
: telegraph
teletypewriter
b
: television
telecast
c
: telecommunication
telemarketing

Word History

Etymology

Combining form

New Latin, from Greek tēle-, tēl-, from tēle far off

Dictionary Entries Near tele

Cite this Entry

“Tele.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tele. Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

1
: at or over a distance
telegram
2
: television
telecast
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