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[tel-uh-foh-toh] /ˈtɛl əˌfoʊ toʊ/
noting or pertaining to telephotography.
Origin of telephoto
1890-95; short for telephotographic; see telephotograph, -ic


[tel-uh-foh-toh] /ˈtɛl əˌfoʊ toʊ/
a brand of apparatus for electrical transmission of photographs.
a photograph transmitted by this apparatus. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for telephoto
Contemporary Examples
  • Each time, the 1920s version of paparazzi found him and trained their telephoto lenses on his barracks.

    The Last Hero Brad Gooch November 18, 2010
  • In this era of the telephoto lens, she can have no bad hair days for the rest of her life.

Historical Examples
  • Thaneford, with his telephoto lens, sees that Graeme is dozing in his chair.

    In Jeopardy Van Tassel Sutphen
  • I got the telephoto camera out of the hamper, checked it, and aimed it.

    Four-Day Planet Henry Beam Piper
  • I am sorry I did not have a telephoto lens, for I could have secured a fairly good picture of the group.

  • This in turn I have displaced with a Dallmeyer telephoto lens, mounted in aluminum, which I consider a marvelous instrument.

  • A telephoto attachment increases the photographer's power of rendering distant details on a large scale.

  • Olear finally consented to speak a few words for the telephoto News Co.

  • Ill see to the provisions, exclaimed the younger enthusiastically, and I shall take my telephoto for the summit.

    Incredible Adventures Algernon Blackwood
  • This particular lens has the telephoto range, and, at the same time, it works with the minimum of illumination.

    In Jeopardy Van Tassel Sutphen
Word Origin and History for telephoto

1898, shortened form of telephotographic (1892), from tele- + photographic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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