tele·​pho·​to | \ ˌte-lə-ˈfō-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce telephoto (audio) \

Definition of telephoto

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: being a camera lens system designed to give a large image of a distant object also : relating to or being photography in which a telephoto lens is used


plural telephotos

Definition of telephoto (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : a telephoto lens
2 : a photograph taken with a camera having a telephoto lens



Definition of Telephoto (Entry 3 of 3)

used for an apparatus for transmitting photographs electrically or for a photograph so transmitted

Examples of telephoto in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun If the information is accurate, the new foldable will feature the same 10-megapixel telephoto camera from the Galaxy S22 series. Chris Smith, BGR, 5 Apr. 2022 The quad-camera setup consists of a 108-megapixel wide-angle sensor, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle sensor, and two 10-megapixel telephoto sensors. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 26 Jan. 2022 If your camera has an interchangeable lens, bring several lenses of varying focal lengths: macro, wide angle and telephoto. Washington Post, 13 Jan. 2022 There are three rear cameras—a 12 MP main camera, a 12 MP ultrawide, and a 12 MP 3x telephoto. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, 12 Jan. 2022 The pro-grade camera system sports three rear-facing cameras including a 3x optical telephoto 8MP camera, while the front camera has a 32 megapixel ultra-wide lens as well. Jennifer Jolly, USA TODAY, 4 Jan. 2022 Samsung also swapped the 64-megapixel telephoto zoom camera for an 8-megapixel one. Gear Team, Wired, 4 Jan. 2022 That telephoto lens will offer 5x optical zoom, the analyst said. Chris Smith, BGR, 29 Mar. 2022 Don’t want to spring for a $400 spotting scope or a $1,000 telephoto camera lens? Frederick Reimers, Outside Online, 4 Nov. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of telephoto


1893, in the meaning defined above


1894, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Telephoto.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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