Definition of telegram noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈtelɪɡræm//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtelɪɡræm//
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a message sent by telegraph and then printed and given to somebody Word Origin mid 19th cent.: from tele- ‘at a distance’ + -gram (see gram), on the pattern of telegraph.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: telegram