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[key-buh l-gram] /ˈkeɪ bəlˌgræm/
a telegram sent by underwater cable.
Origin of cablegram
An Americanism dating back to 1865-70; cable + (tele)gram Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • At Cronin's agency, late that night, there came a cablegram from the greatest detective bureau of France.

    The Voice on the Wire Eustace Hale Ball
  • For when he arrived at his chambers he found a cablegram from Paris awaiting him.

    Uncanny Tales Various
  • About the first of October I received a cablegram from Gordon, which appalled me with its suddenness.

    A Top-Floor Idyl George van Schaick
  • Jennie Brewster found a cablegram from New York waiting for her.

    A Woman Intervenes Robert Barr
  • But Father s'prised us with the cablegram from Liverpool, Uncle.

    Mary's Rainbow Mary Edward Feehan
  • I sent a cablegram almost as long as a letter, but it didn't appear to do any good.'

    A Woman Intervenes Robert Barr
  • Calloway's cablegram was handed to the managing editor at four o'clock in the afternoon.

    Whirligigs O. Henry
  • From his own cablegram to me, it is quite evident he has given up all hope.'

    A Woman Intervenes Robert Barr
  • At the end, I handed him the copy of the marriage certificate and the cablegram to Courtney.

  • We have had a despatch waiting for you for some time, a cablegram from London.

    A Woman Intervenes Robert Barr
British Dictionary definitions for cablegram


a more formal name for cable (sense 5)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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