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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

Examples of telegram in a Sentence

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In 2006, Western Union delivered its last telegram. Chicago Tribune, 27 Jan. 2024 The number of victims in shootouts seemed to multiply on the back end of telegrams. Wil Haygood, Washington Post, 2 Nov. 2023 But the brothers still triumphed with the win and sent their father, Bishop Milton Wright, a telegram reporting their historic achievement. Angelica Stabile, Fox News, 17 Dec. 2023 As opening night approached, frantic telegrams flowed in from theaters. Adam Hochschild, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 Oct. 2023 The couple dispatched 200 telegrams inviting guests to Taylor’s 40th birthday party in Hungary in 1972. Hayley Maitland, Vogue, 4 Nov. 2023 At some point during Boyd’s first two weeks in Volos, the substance of a telegram from Athens was passed along to her. Richard Byrne, The New Republic, 25 Aug. 2023 The book includes hundreds of letters, telegrams and postcards that Ms. Pattison received from Mr. Kahn in the 15 years before his death. Fred A. Bernstein, New York Times, 4 Oct. 2023 One of the most famous was the multiplex telegraph, a device that ingeniously combined the telephone and telegraph to both transmit telegrams and carry voice calls. IEEE Spectrum, 27 Aug. 2023 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 26 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


 Southern also  -grəm
: a message sent by telegraph

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