tele·​gram | \ ˈte-lə-ˌgram How to pronounce telegram (audio) , Southern also -grəm \

Definition of telegram

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a telegraphic dispatch


tele·​gram | \ ˈte-lə-ˌgram How to pronounce telegram (audio) \
telegrammed; telegramming

Definition of telegram (Entry 2 of 2)

Examples of telegram in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The telegram is from the War Department and was sent to Dr. Todd by George H. Kinnear, his assistant. Frank Miles, Fox News, "A piece of Lincoln's hair and telegram smeared with his blood sells for $81G at auction," 15 Sep. 2020 The telegram was received at 11 p.m. the night Lincoln was shot. Christina Zdanowicz, CNN, "Abraham Lincoln's lock of hair sells for more than $81,000 at auction," 14 Sep. 2020 Later, a cousin sent a telegram about a grocery store for sale for $800 in the Dallas area. Sarah Smith-ruehle, Dallas News, "Did Campisi’s have ties to organized crime? Curious Texas looks at the history.," 3 Sep. 2020 The telegram is from the War Department and was sent to Dr. Todd by George H. Kinnear, his assistant. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, "Bloodstained telegram discussing assassination, lock of Lincoln's hair, up for auction," 3 Sep. 2020 Having received a telegram notifying them of the ship’s loss, their brides, understandably, had moved on with their lives and remarried. Diane Bell Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Meet the last survivor of a legendary World War II sub," 31 Aug. 2020 The next day, June 19, she was sent a telegram from the prison warden, saying that her brother’s remains had been released to All Caring Cremations, a firm in Van Nuys. Jason Fagone,, "‘Disgusting policy’: Prisoners’ families must pay for remains after COVID-19 deaths," 24 Aug. 2020 The most powerful solar storm ever observed, the Carrington Event of 1859, was so strong that telegram wires spontaneously burst into flames. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "This Is the Closest Image of the Sun Ever Taken. Ever.," 16 July 2020 Two weeks later, the War Department made the name official, sending a telegram to the secretary of the local Chamber of Commerce confirming that Henry Benning would get his base. J. Davis Winkie, The New Republic, "How the Confederates Conquered America’s “Home of the Infantry”," 26 June 2020

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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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19 Sep 2020

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“Telegram.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of telegram

: a message that is sent by telegraph


tele·​gram | \ ˈte-lə-ˌgram How to pronounce telegram (audio) \

Kids Definition of telegram

: a message sent by telegraph

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