vid·​eo·​tex ˈvi-dē-ō-ˌteks How to pronounce videotex (audio)
variants or less commonly videotext
: an electronic data retrieval system in which usually textual information is transmitted via telephone or cable-television lines and displayed on a television set or video display terminal
especially : such a system that is interactive compare teletext

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Viewtron experimented with delivering news and other information to homes via videotex terminals or computers before being shut down in 1986. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, 16 Dec. 2022 July 1980 Minitel, a videotex online service offered by France Telecom, is tested with 55 residential and business telephone customers. Gil Press, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022

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Word History


video entry 2 + -tex (alteration of text)

First Known Use

1977, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of videotex was in 1977

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“Videotex.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jan. 2023.

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