- a message or communication sent by telegraph; a telegraphic dispatch.
- to telegraph.
Origin of telegram
Examples from the Web for telegram
Inquiries will be accepted only via Western Union telegram or rotary phone.The World’s Toughest Political Quiz
December 31, 2014
I sent a telegram to the Rabbi in Damascus asking if he needed religious books and prepaid [for his response].The Woman Who Saved Syria’s Jews
March 17, 2014
Almost “magically,” he soon received a telegram from Hollywood urging him to reconsider.‘The Counselor’ & How Cormac McCarthy Beat the Hollywood Curse
October 26, 2013
His voice is high-pitched, yet wields the power to cut right through a room of telegram operators.Is Steven Spielberg’s Historical Epic, ‘Lincoln,’ Really That Great?
November 9, 2012
One morning, there arrived a letter for me from Alan—a remarkable thing of itself, neither a postcard nor a telegram.Alan Turing’s Brother: He Should Be Alive Today
John Ferrier Turing
June 23, 2012
That telegram from Coplen is concernin' of a lady—a party that was with him when he died.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
And what I overheard in the armoury--about a telegram--telling me--putting me out of my misery?
Your sudden departure needs no other explanation to the household than this telegram.
She had thought of sending a telegram, but saw that that might do mischief.Weighed and Wanting
But when I reached the office, there lay on my desk a telegram.The Bacillus of Beauty
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]