tele·gram | \ ˈte-lə-ˌgram , Southern also -grəm \

Definition of telegram 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a telegraphic dispatch


tele·gram | \ ˈte-lə-ˌgram \
telegrammed; telegramming

Definition of telegram (Entry 2 of 2)

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Instead, the day after the then-Washington Bullets (now Wizards) selected him 13th overall, a telegram arrived at the North Carolina basketball office. Rick Bonnell, charlotteobserver, "Mitch Kupchak's NBA draft memory: No workouts, no celebration, just a telegram," 19 June 2018 The telegram makes no indication of having high-ranking officials onboard or valuables. Benjamin Brown, Fox News, "Missing WWII German submarine found after nearly 73 years lost at sea," 19 Apr. 2018 And, after striking a railroad stop in Fairfax, Stuart sent a telegram to Quartermaster Gen. Montgomery Meigs to deride the stock of Union mules Stuart’s troops had recently captured. Debbie Truong, Washington Post, "The Confederate commander behind one of the greatest ‘what ifs’ of the Civil War," 7 July 2018 During a stop in Shanghai in January of 1949, his crew received a telegram from company heads issuing instructions to make for a British Royal Air Force base in Aden, a port city in Yemen. Oren Peleg, Jewish Journal, "Surviving flight crew member who saved Yemenite Jews honored," 13 June 2018 People aboard sent telegrams to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, asking for refuge. Jeff Gammage,, "History repeats: When America turned away refugees," 9 June 2018 Eight days later on a warm summer evening near Aurora, the telegram from the Army Adjunct General was delivered to the Deetz farm. Special To The Oregonian,, "Memorial Day 2018: Remembering two peace-loving Oregon boys who died in France," 28 May 2018 Putin sent Erdogan a telegram to congratulate him on the victory, the Kremlin said in a statement Monday. Fox News, "The Latest: Electoral board head: Turkey vote was 'healthy'," 25 June 2018 In June 1951, Lois got a telegram telling her Moore had been shot down. Cynthia Sewell, idahostatesman, "The pilot was shot down, assumed dead. Then, his family heard about the Russians.," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of telegram


circa 1852, in the meaning defined above


1860, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of telegram

: a message that is sent by telegraph


tele·gram | \ ˈte-lə-ˌgram \

Kids Definition of telegram

: a message sent by telegraph

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