tel·​net ˈtel-ˌnet How to pronounce telnet (audio)
: a telecommunications protocol providing specifications for emulating a remote computer terminal so that one can access a distant computer and function online using an interface that appears to be part of the user's local system
telnet intransitive verb

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The plan never came to fruition, but Gibson got to know the band; the Edge showed him how to telnet. Joshua Rothman, The New Yorker, 9 Dec. 2019 More enterprising hakchi2 users can also add two interesting new tweaks to the SNES Classic, though these require some telnet operations. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, 9 Oct. 2017

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Word History


teletype network

First Known Use

1969, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of telnet was in 1969

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Cite this Entry

“Telnet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Mar. 2023.

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