tele·​thon ˈte-lə-ˌthän How to pronounce telethon (audio)
: a long television program usually to solicit funds especially for a charity

Examples of telethon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ford also showed up 13 times on Fox’s Comic Strip Live and eight times on Jerry Lewis’ Labor Day telethon, which raised money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 May 2024 The telethon, which aired live on KTLA, was hosted by Yvette Nicole Brown and Tom Bergeron. Kirsten Chuba, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 Dec. 2023 The Princess of Wales, 41, made a surprise appearance on BBC to open their annual Children in Need telethon. Stephanie Petit, Peoplemag, 17 Nov. 2023 Transport apparently being a particular preoccupation of this Jesus, last month, during a telethon fundraiser, Louisianan prosperity preacher Jesse Duplantis announced that his ministry purchased a $21 million jet. Elle Hardy, The New Republic, 23 Oct. 2023 See all Example Sentences for telethon 

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Word History


tele- + -athon

First Known Use

1949, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of telethon was in 1949

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“Telethon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

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tele·​thon ˈtel-ə-ˌthän How to pronounce telethon (audio)
: a long television program usually to raise funds for a charity
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