tele·​thon | \ ˈte-lə-ˌthän How to pronounce telethon (audio) \

Definition of telethon

: a long television program usually to solicit funds especially for a charity

Examples of telethon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The telethon has raised more than $61 million for the Jimmy Fund since 2002., 27 Aug. 2021 The network unveils its feathers and struts its stuff by devoting telethon-like hours — remember telethons? — crammed with information craved by the horse player and entertainment that caters to the thrice-a-year viewer of the sport. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, 9 May 2021 As part of its 75th anniversary celebration, the Boys & Girls Club of Jefferson County will host a telethon from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday live on Facebook @BGC.JEFFERSON.COUNTY. Pine Bluff Commercial, Arkansas Online, 17 Apr. 2021 The Rolling Jubilee launched via a livestreamed telethon in 2012, on the one-year anniversary of Zuccotti’s eviction. Ryann Liebenthal, The New Republic, 19 Apr. 2021 In only 72 hours, thanks to the telethon, the Pacers raised over $2 million dollars, secured their home in Indianapolis and proved the city could welcome other teams in search of a new home ... wink. J.l. Kirven, The Indianapolis Star, 21 June 2021 The telethon featured performances by local arts groups and appearances from families who've been helped by the Crusade. Mary Ramsey, The Courier-Journal, 8 June 2021 This year's event marked the return of the telethon to its usual early June date after being postponed to August in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Mary Ramsey, The Courier-Journal, 8 June 2021 Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the summit was playing out as a climate telethon-style livestream, limiting opportunities for spontaneous interaction and negotiation. Ellen Knickmeyer And Christina Larson,, 22 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of telethon

1949, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for telethon

tele- + -athon

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“Telethon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of telethon

: a long television program that tries to raise money for a charity by asking people to call during the program and make a donation


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