tele·​prompt·​er | \ ˈte-lə-ˌpräm(p)-tər How to pronounce teleprompter (audio) \

Definition of teleprompter

: a device for displaying prepared text to a speaker or performer

Examples of teleprompter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The candidate wore an American flag pin and read from a teleprompter. Author: Ashley Parker, Josh Dawsey, Matt Viser, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump’s defeat was shaped by same instincts that boosted him in 2016," 7 Nov. 2020 Trump read the clichéd tripe on his teleprompter about the greatness of Michigan and its auto plants and its Motown music, then interjected unscripted commentaries. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, "Donald Trump’s 2020 Superspreader Campaign: A Diary," 3 Nov. 2020 False Based on our research, the claim that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden was caught using a teleprompter during an interview is FALSE. Camille Caldera, USA TODAY, "Fact check: In interview, Biden was looking at video feed not a teleprompter," 12 Oct. 2020 And when the anchor reads the teleprompter unmasked, everyone else has to clear out. Nanette Asimov,, "How many coronavirus cases are there across California State University system? Nobody really knows," 9 Oct. 2020 The Trump campaign spent majority of the summer excoriating Biden as incoherent and unable to string sentences together without a teleprompter. John Fritze, USA TODAY, "President Donald Trump and Joe Biden brace for vicious match-up in first presidential debate in Cleveland," 28 Sep. 2020 In a video posted Sunday, the campaign goes one step further, using Fox News footage and slow-motion close-ups to make the claim that Biden has used a teleprompter when answering questions. Ryan Teague Beckwith,, "Trump Warns Communism May Be on November Ballot: Campaign Update," 21 Sep. 2020 President Trump, on the other hand, has shown himself incapable of uttering such sentiments away from a teleprompter. Nr Editors, National Review, "The Week," 3 Sep. 2020 Then, an 80-foot huge TV screen was before the podium to serve as the teleprompter for convention speakers. Marisa Schultz, Fox News, "Sean Parnell gives behind-the-scenes account of speaking at RNC, mocks 'boring' DNC format," 26 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of teleprompter

1951, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for teleprompter

from TelePrompTer, a trademark

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The first known use of teleprompter was in 1951

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“Teleprompter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of teleprompter

chiefly US : a machine that helps someone who is speaking to an audience or on television by showing the words that need to be said

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