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tele·​gram ˈte-lə-ˌgram How to pronounce telegram (audio)
 Southern also  -grəm
: a telegraphic dispatch


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

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Putin sent a telegram to King Charles III — Elizabeth's oldest son who automatically became Britain's new monarch. Andrew Meldrum, ajc, 9 Sep. 2022 The letter was published on the telegram channel of Grey Zone, a Russian military blog. John Bacon, USA TODAY, 9 Nov. 2022 The play also features Camryn Katz as Mr. Body, Kendall Noeton as a motorist, Adler Chefitz and Finn Adhami as the police officers, Delmore Foster III as the police chief and Seth Rivera as a singing telegram performer. Ed Wittenberg, cleveland, 28 Oct. 2022 There’s also a telegram from the Beach Boys framed on the wall. Angie Martoccio, Rolling Stone, 13 Oct. 2022 Instead, the family received a telegram from a Navy official. Thomas Farragher,, 16 Sep. 2022 So the Major takes it upon himself to shoot up the post office to stop all telegram traffic. Judith Shulevitz, The Atlantic, 30 Sep. 2022 Someone delivered a telegram to Tom McMillen from an angry fan. Dom Amore, Hartford Courant, 10 Sep. 2022 His signing of a telegram condemning President John F. Kennedy for not doing more to protect peaceful protesters from Birmingham police use of fire hoses and German shepherds. Kelly Meyerhofer, Journal Sentinel, 6 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


circa 1852, in the meaning defined above


1860, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of telegram was circa 1852

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“Telegram.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition



 Southern also  -grəm
: a message sent by telegraph

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