noting or pertaining to telephotography.

Origin of telephoto

1890–95; short for telephotographic; see telephotograph, -ic




a brand of apparatus for electrical transmission of photographs.
a photograph transmitted by this apparatus. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for telephoto

facsimile, Telephoto, Wirephoto, telefacsimile

Examples from the Web for telephoto

Contemporary Examples of telephoto

  • Each time, the 1920s version of paparazzi found him and trained their telephoto lenses on his barracks.

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    The Last Hero

    Brad Gooch

    November 18, 2010

  • In this era of the telephoto lens, she can have no bad hair days for the rest of her life.

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    Kate's Royal Prison

    Andrew Roberts

    November 17, 2010

Historical Examples of telephoto

  • Thaneford, with his telephoto lens, sees that Graeme is dozing in his chair.

    In Jeopardy

    Van Tassel Sutphen

  • I got the telephoto camera out of the hamper, checked it, and aimed it.

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    Henry Beam Piper

  • I am sorry I did not have a telephoto lens, for I could have secured a fairly good picture of the group.

  • This in turn I have displaced with a Dallmeyer telephoto lens, mounted in aluminum, which I consider a marvelous instrument.

  • A telephoto attachment increases the photographer's power of rendering distant details on a large scale.

Word Origin and History for telephoto

1898, shortened form of telephotographic (1892), from tele- + photographic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper