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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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  • The day before he sailed he got a cablegram that bewildered him.

    One Day's Courtship Robert Barr
  • We have had a despatch waiting for you for some time, a cablegram from London.

    A Woman Intervenes Robert Barr
  • Then the moment your cablegram comes the money will be at your disposal.'

    A Woman Intervenes Robert Barr
  • I suppose that's why I partially forgave you for stopping the cablegram.'

    A Woman Intervenes Robert Barr
  • I sent a cablegram almost as long as a letter, but it didn't appear to do any good.'

    A Woman Intervenes Robert Barr
  • From his own cablegram to me, it is quite evident he has given up all hope.'

    A Woman Intervenes Robert Barr
  • Jennie Brewster found a cablegram from New York waiting for her.

    A Woman Intervenes Robert Barr
  • "See here," he said, and he threw the cablegram on the table.

    Plotting in Pirate Seas Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  • On the day she received this letter a cablegram came to her from the far Mediterranean.

    The Lure of the Mask Harold MacGrath
  • I did not hear from or of him until midsummer,128 when he sent me a cablegram from London.

    The Plum Tree David Graham Phillips
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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