having physical qualities or characteristics that televise well; videogenic.

Origin of telegenic

First recorded in 1935–40; tele(vision) + -genic
Related formstel·e·gen·i·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for telegenic

broadcast, television, program, TV, canned, prerecorded

Examples from the Web for telegenic

Contemporary Examples of telegenic

Historical Examples of telegenic

  • They grow up accepting the politics of telegenic competition, a poor substitute for competence and commitment.

  • Telegenic or not, a president or a TV star has little, if any, impact on our fulfillment in the interconnected world of our time.

British Dictionary definitions for telegenic



having or showing a pleasant television image
Derived Formstelegenically, adverb

Word Origin for telegenic

C20: from tele (vision) + (photo) genic
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Word Origin and History for telegenic

1939, from television + ending from photogenic.

Judith Barrett, pretty and blonde actress, is the first Telegenic Girl to go on record. In other words, she is the perfect type of beauty for television. ... She is slated for the first television motion picture. [Baltimore "Sun," Oct. 16, 1939]
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