Origin of TV

First recorded in 1948


[soo ng]
  1. Charles Jones,1866–1918, Chinese merchant (father of Ai-ling, Ch'ing-ling, Mei-ling, and Tse-ven Soong).
  2. Ai-ling [ahy-ling] /ˈaɪˈlɪŋ/, 1888–1973, wife of H. H. Kung.
  3. Ching-ling or Ch’ing-ling [ching-ling] /ˈtʃɪŋˈlɪŋ/, 1892–1981, widow of Sun Yat-sen.
  4. Mei-ling or Mayling [mey-ling] /ˈmeɪˈlɪŋ/, Madame Chiang Kai-Shek, 1897–2003, wife of Chiang Kai-shek.
  5. Tse-ven or Tzu-wen [tsoo-wuhn] /ˈtsʊˈwʌn/, T.V., 1894–1971, Chinese financier. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for tv

box, baby-sitter, eye, tube, station, video, receiver, telly, audio, vid

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British Dictionary definitions for tv


the internet domain name for
  1. Tuvalu


abbreviation for
  1. television
  2. transvestite



  1. an influential Chinese family, notably Soong Ch'ing-ling (1890–1981), who married Sun Yat-sen and became a vice-chairman of the People's Republic of China (1959); and Soong Mei-ling (1898-2003), who married Chiang Kai-shek
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Word Origin and History for tv


1948, shortened form of television (q.v.). TV dinner (1954) is a proprietary name registered by Swanson & Sons, Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.

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