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)

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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 The Alabama Department of Archives and History has an online file of documents relating to the case including telegrams, letters, pamphlets and a news clipping., "Archived documents show fight for justice in case of black rape victim Recy Taylor," 8 Jan. 2018 Modern scholars see many parallels between the telegraph of Cooley’s day and the Internet—an e-mail stored in a server is the modern version of a telegram. Joseph O’neill, The New Yorker, "The Mail," 21 June 2018 Kurson tells of the astronauts receiving thousands of telegrams in the wake of their trip. Rick Kogan,, "'Rocket Men' is a Chicago writer's book about Apollo 8 — and a timely work about astronauts," 18 June 2018 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

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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 How to pronounce telegram (audio) \

Kids Definition of telegram

: a message sent by telegraph

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