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[tel-i-gram] /ˈtɛl ɪˌgræm/
a message or communication sent by telegraph; a telegraphic dispatch.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), telegrammed, telegramming.
to telegraph.
Origin of telegram
1850-55, Americanism; tele-1 + -gram1
Related forms
telegrammic, telegrammatic
[tel-i-gruh-mat-ik] /ˌtɛl ɪ grəˈmæt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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  • He contacted the central bureau of astronomical telegrams via telegram.
British Dictionary definitions for telegram


a communication transmitted by telegraph See also cable (sense 5), Telemessage
Derived Forms
telegrammatic (ˌtɛlɪɡrəˈmætɪk), telegrammic, adjective
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Word Origin and History for telegram

"telegraphic dispatch," 1852, coined by E.P. Smith of Rochester, N.Y., from tele-, as in telegraph + -gram, and introduced in the Albany "Evening Journal" of April 6, 1852. Purists pointed out that this is an erroneous formation, and the correct word would be telegrapheme (which is close to the Modern Greek word).

May I suggest to such as are not contented with 'Telegraphic Dispatch' the rightly constructed word 'telegrapheme'? I do not want it, but ... I protest against such a barbarism as 'telegram.' [Richard Shilleto, Cambridge Greek scholar, in the London "Times," Oct. 15, 1857]

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