(sometimes initial capital letter) a two-way teletypewriter service channeled through a public telecommunications system for instantaneous, direct communication between subscribers at remote locations.
a teletypewriter used to send or receive on such a service.
a message transmitted by telex.
verb (used with object)
to send (a message) by telex: We telex instructions to the agent.
to send a message by telex to: They telexed the Paris office.

1930–35; tel(eprinter) + ex(change) Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
telex (ˈtɛlɛks)
1.  an international telegraph service in which teleprinters are rented out to subscribers for the purpose of direct communication
2.  a teleprinter used in such a service
3.  a message transmitted or received by telex
4.  to transmit (a message) to (a person, office, etc) by telex
[C20: from tel(eprinter) ex(change)]

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Word Origin & History

1932, "a communication system of teletypewriters," from tel(etype) ex(change).
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American Heritage
Abbreviations & Acronyms
teletypewriter exchange
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Example sentences
Also, request telex ahead to college hiring her husband.
Over the years, these gave way to stringers who sent their stories by sea or air mail, and then by telex and cable.
With the invention of the telephone and the telex, the centralised head office came into its own.
The fax had not been invented, and telex was primitive and slow.
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