or tel·ly

[ tel-ee ]
/ ˈtɛl i /

noun British Informal.

Origin of tele

by shortening

Definition for tele (2 of 4)

Definition for tele (3 of 4)



a combining form meaning “distant,” especially “transmission over a distance,” used in the formation of compound words: telegraph.
Also tel-, telo-.

Origin of tele-

combining form representing Greek têle far, akin to télos end (see tele-2)

Definition for tele (4 of 4)



a combining form meaning “end,” “complete,” used in the formation of compound words: telestich.
Also tel-, teleo-, telo-.

Origin of tele-

combining form representing Greek télos end, and téleios perfected; akin to teleîn to fulfill Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for tele


before a vowel tel-

combining form

at or over a distance; distanttelescope; telegony; telekinesis; telemeter
by means of or via telephone or television

Word Origin for tele-

from Greek tele far
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Word Origin and History for tele


word-forming element meaning "far, far off," from Greek tele-, combining form of tele "far off, afar, at or to a distance," related to teleos (genitive telos) "end, goal, result, consummation, perfection," literally "completion of a cycle," from PIE *kwel-es- (cf. Sanskrit caramah "the last," Breton pell "far off," Welsh pellaf "uttermost"), from root *kwel- (see cycle (n.)).

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Medicine definitions for tele



Distance; distant:teletherapy.
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Science definitions for tele


A prefix that means “at a distance,” as in telemetry.
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