tele·​prompt·​er ˈte-lə-ˌpräm(p)-tər How to pronounce teleprompter (audio)
: a device for displaying prepared text to a speaker or performer

Examples of teleprompter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After struggling to read the teleprompter because of his white, smiley-face mask, the creator let out his wavy hair from behind the mask to present the award. Tomás Mier, Rolling Stone, 28 Aug. 2023 Due to the crowd’s enthusiasm, the teleprompter was obstructed, obscuring Ms. LaBelle’s view of the lyrics. Kimberly Nordyke, The Hollywood Reporter, 26 June 2023 The unspoken sentiments between Steven Tyler and Joe Perry Aerosmith has also never made a secret of their use of teleprompters and indeed, several were nestled around the stage floor as well as one large screen perched above the sound board. Melissa Ruggieri, USA TODAY, 4 Sep. 2023 The words on his teleprompter were in all capital letters, though they were not supposed to be read that enthusiastically. Sopan Deb Allison Zaucha, New York Times, 21 June 2023 Popovich, speaking without a prepared speech or teleprompter, delighted the crowd for 25 minutes with jokes, stories, and tributes. Globe Staff,, 13 Aug. 2023 Some broadcast veterans observed that Carlson appeared to be controlling his teleprompter by himself. Will Sommer, Washington Post, 6 June 2023 At one point during the performance, LaBelle experienced a technical issue with the show's teleprompter and flubbed some of the song's lyrics. USA TODAY, 26 June 2023 Oh, and by the way, this year the teleprompter did indeed go out. Michael Schneider, Variety, 13 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History


from TelePrompTer, a trademark

First Known Use

1951, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of teleprompter was in 1951

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“Teleprompter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

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