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

Definition of telegram

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: a telegraphic dispatch


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

Definition of telegram (Entry 2 of 2)

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Part of the blame may go to Morse code, that dashingly dotty system used for sending telegrams. Gretchen Mcculloch, WIRED, "The Meaning of All Caps—in Texting and in Life," 23 July 2019 Olivia de Havilland sent regards by telegram from her home in Paris. Katherine Yamada,, "Verdugo Views: Two local organizations to hold joint anniversary bash at Alex Theatre," 14 June 2019 Western Union, once known for telegrams, is now a global financial payments giant and a Fortune 500 firm. Matt Egan, CNN, "Western Union CEO: America's position as the world's role model is at risk," 25 June 2019 The telegram is dated Jan. 14 but a year is not listed. Mike Berardino, Indianapolis Star, "For George Rugg, curating Notre Dame's collection of sports gems has been labor of love," 18 June 2019 Tajik President Emomali Rahmon sent the leaders of each country a telegram expressing condolences Monday. Fox News, "Terror studied as possible motive in Tajikistan crash killing 4, including 2 Americans," 31 July 2018 Before that, there were telephone calls and telegrams. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Just a reminder: A republic, not a democracy," 7 June 2018 Shortly before the concert began, on an October night in Providence, R.I., a telegram was sent to the conductor. John Check, WSJ, "‘Making Music American’ Review: Turning Swords Into Saxophones," 28 Dec. 2018 Hundreds of women sent telegrams to King Salman that year, asking him to change guardianship laws. Michael Amon, WSJ, "Saudi Woman’s Asylum Plea Jumpstarts Opposition to Restrictive Law," 11 Jan. 2019

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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 How to pronounce telegram (audio) \

Kids Definition of telegram

: a message sent by telegraph

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