Main definitions of tele in English

: tele1Tele2

tele1

noun

  • non-standard spelling of telly
    • ‘Last night my kids were watching the swimming championships on the tele and the National Bank ad came on.’
    • ‘We gave in at 3 and put the tele on and had a hot drink.’
    • ‘A woman-oriented tele serial, it is a thriller with a strong social message complete with all the commercial values required in the making of a successful serial.’
    • ‘John and Sue get back, and like every evening, they immediately tell each other everything that's happened in their respective offices, and watch tele.’
    • ‘Why don't you and Zel relax in front of the tele for a little?’
    • ‘Americans spend on average 6 hours a day watching the tele.’
    • ‘The dominance of tele and cinema over the past couple of decades have habituated our consciousnesses to media that refuse to acknowledge the difference between what's transmitted and what's understood.’
    • ‘He glues himself to the tele to watch it twice a day.’
    • ‘And I never tire of turning on the tele and seeing squash.’
    • ‘Oh come on Mark, you know this is ten times better than the tele.’
    • ‘The tele serial, we hope, will become not merely a tool of communication but a catalyst for positive change among the very people whose story it recounts.’
    • ‘As the clock struck 9, the tele was still on, the bowl half empty and she was still alone.’
    • ‘I'd rather have advertisements on the tele and some fair and unbiased news than the joke that the corporation has now become.’
    • ‘This conclusion was based on a few students taking an IQ test, watching the tele and taking the test again.’
    • ‘Or better yet, switch off the tele and read a book.’
    • ‘I have seen stories on the tele about people meeting online and then meeting in person.’
    • ‘Who needs a tele, or a radio even, when we've got Boris's site?’
    • ‘Have fun and sit in on one of their rites, it can't be too much more boring than sitting in front of the tele and it may be an adventure.’
    • ‘Although some Art Life readers have already seen the show and told us the show is dull and rather boring, we hold out hope that finally something good will be on the tele.’
    • ‘From the pictures I've seen on the tele - it's not going to be pretty.’

Pronunciation

tele

/ˈtɛli/

Main definitions of tele in English

: tele1Tele2

Tele2

noun

trademark
  • A Fender Telecaster electric guitar.

    • ‘So if anyone is interested in my Strat and/or Tele, please get in touch.’
    • ‘Thankfully a couple of the girls took charge of the boxing and the brown tape, whilst I printed off the label, and the Tele was sent on its way.’
    • ‘The Tele was my preferred guitar for playing lead on when recording, being much more ‘ballsy’ in tone than the Strat, which I thought was more suited to rhythm playing as it had quite a ‘glassy’ sound.’
    • ‘The Tele is a peach, it just fell into my hands one day seven years ago in a shop in Cambridge and we've been inseparable ever since.’

Origin

1970s: abbreviation.

Pronunciation

Tele

/ˈtɛli/