[tel-i-kon-fer-uh ns, -fruh ns]


a business meeting, educational session, etc., conducted among participants in different locations via telecommunications equipment.Compare videoconference.

verb (used without object), tel·e·con·fer·enced, tel·e·con·fer·enc·ing.

to participate in such a meeting or meetings.

Origin of teleconference

First recorded in 1950–55; tele-1 + conference Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for teleconference



a conference in which the participants communicate from different places via a telephone or video network
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Word Origin and History for teleconference

1952, originally a proprietary name, from tele- + conference. Not in common use until c.1974.

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