[tuh-leg-uh; Russian tyi-lye-guh]


a Russian cart of rude construction, having four wheels and no springs.

Origin of telega

1550–60; < Russian teléga, probably ultimately < Mongolian; compare classical Mongolian telege(n) carriage Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for telega

Historical Examples of telega

  • Once more he was defeated by the former on the Telega river, near Ploiesti.

  • I mounted the telega (Summer carriage), two hussars withdrawn swords beside, and took the road to Khasan.


    Alexander Pushkin

  • Curiously primitive, the telega is four-wheeled, with two planks thrown crudely across the axle-trees.

  • Although the journey was not continued by night the telega was still Godfrey's constant place of abode.

    Condemned as a Nihilist

    George Alfred Henty

  • A telega had gone over him and driven in his spine, so that it made a curve inside him.

British Dictionary definitions for telega



a rough four-wheeled cart used in Russia

Word Origin for telega

C16: from Russian
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