[ tel-eks ]
/ ˈtɛl ɛks /


(sometimes initial capital letter) a two-way teletypewriter service channeled through a public telecommunications system for instantaneous, direct communication between subscribers at remote locations.
a teletypewriter used to send or receive on such a service.
a message transmitted by telex.

verb (used with object)

to send (a message) by telex: We telex instructions to the agent.
to send a message by telex to: They telexed the Paris office.

Origin of telex

First recorded in 1930–35; tel(eprinter) + ex(change) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for telex

/ (ˈtɛlɛks) /


an international telegraph service in which teleprinters are rented out to subscribers for the purpose of direct communication
a teleprinter used in such a service
a message transmitted or received by telex


to transmit (a message) to (a person, office, etc) by telex

Word Origin for telex

C20: from tel (eprinter) ex (change)
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