verb (used with or without object), tel·e·grammed, tel·e·gram·ming.
Examples from the Web for telegram
Inquiries will be accepted only via Western Union telegram or rotary phone.
I sent a telegram to the Rabbi in Damascus asking if he needed religious books and prepaid [for his response].
Almost “magically,” he soon received a telegram from Hollywood urging him to reconsider.‘The Counselor’ & How Cormac McCarthy Beat the Hollywood Curse|Andrew Romano|October 26, 2013|DAILY BEAST
His voice is high-pitched, yet wields the power to cut right through a room of telegram operators.Is Steven Spielberg’s Historical Epic, ‘Lincoln,’ Really That Great? |Marlow Stern|November 9, 2012|DAILY BEAST
One morning, there arrived a letter for me from Alan—a remarkable thing of itself, neither a postcard nor a telegram.
Twice he made the blundering maid repeat the telegram, and finally exhausted with the mental effort, dropped into unconsciousness.The Motor Maids at Sunrise Camp|Katherine Stokes
They carried him back to the dressing-station one day and sent home a telegram saying that he was wounded in the face.God's Green Country|Ethel M. Chapman
When he received the telegram in reply he knew it granted what he had asked.
"We've just had a wire from Mr. O'Hanlon," he cried excitedly, handing me a telegram.The Social Gangster|Arthur B. Reeve
He held out beneath her eyes the telegram he had received that morning.The Vultures|Henry Seton Merriman
British Dictionary definitions for telegram
Word Origin and History for telegram
"telegraphic dispatch," 1852, coined by E.P. Smith of Rochester, N.Y., from tele-, as in telegraph + -gram, and introduced in the Albany "Evening Journal" of April 6, 1852. Purists pointed out that this is an erroneous formation, and the correct word would be telegrapheme (which is close to the Modern Greek word).
May I suggest to such as are not contented with 'Telegraphic Dispatch' the rightly constructed word 'telegrapheme'? I do not want it, but ... I protest against such a barbarism as 'telegram.' [Richard Shilleto, Cambridge Greek scholar, in the London "Times," Oct. 15, 1857]