[key-buh l-gram]


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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cablegram

Historical Examples of cablegram

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

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

  • Then the moment your cablegram comes the money will be at your disposal.'

  • I suppose that's why I partially forgave you for stopping the cablegram.'

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

British Dictionary definitions for cablegram



a more formal name for cable (def. 5)
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