tel·​e·​mark ˈte-lə-ˌmärk How to pronounce telemark (audio)
often capitalized
: a turn in skiing in which the outside ski is advanced considerably ahead of the other ski and then turned inward at a steadily widening angle until the turn is completed

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Les Contamines, a French resort overlooking Mont-Blanc, just canceled this weekend’s World Cup telemark ski race because of a lack of snow. Time, 4 Jan. 2023 My favorite participation stat comes from telemark skiing. Marc Peruzzi, Outside Online, 13 Aug. 2021 The lodge in the 1970s hosted a raucous telemark-skiing scene where patrons could pay $10 to sleep on the floor and get lessons. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, 27 Oct. 2020 While alpine skiers’ heels are firmly clipped into place, telemark turns are made by lifting the heel and bending the knee. R. Scott Rappold, The Know, 19 Dec. 2019 The telemark skier Every few decades since at least the 1860s, a generation of downhill skiers revives the ancient art of tele-skiing. R. Scott Rappold, The Know, 19 Dec. 2019 But ski mountaineering isn’t only for telemark skiers. John Meyer, The Denver Post, 23 Mar. 2017 Thus the AT set-up makes ski mountaineering possible for downhill skiers who never mastered the telemark turn. John Meyer, The Denver Post, 23 Mar. 2017 See More

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Word History


Norwegian, from Telemark, region in Norway

First Known Use

1910, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of telemark was in 1910

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Cite this Entry

“Telemark.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jan. 2023.

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Tel·​e·​mark ˈte-lə-ˌmärk How to pronounce Telemark (audio)
mountain region in southwestern Norway
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