Main definitions of tele in English

: tele1Tele2

tele1

noun

  • non-standard spelling of telly
    • ‘Who needs a tele, or a radio even, when we've got Boris's site?’
    • ‘He glues himself to the tele to watch it twice a day.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Oh come on Mark, you know this is ten times better than the tele.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We gave in at 3 and put the tele on and had a hot drink.’
    • ‘Why don't you and Zel relax in front of the tele for a little?’
    • ‘Last night my kids were watching the swimming championships on the tele and the National Bank ad came on.’
    • ‘This conclusion was based on a few students taking an IQ test, watching the tele and taking the test again.’
    • ‘From the pictures I've seen on the tele - it's not going to be pretty.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I'd rather have advertisements on the tele and some fair and unbiased news than the joke that the corporation has now become.’
    • ‘Americans spend on average 6 hours a day watching the tele.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And I never tire of turning on the tele and seeing squash.’
    • ‘As the clock struck 9, the tele was still on, the bowl half empty and she was still alone.’

Pronunciation

tele

/ˈtɛli/

Main definitions of tele in English

: tele1Tele2

Tele2

noun

trademark
  • A Fender Telecaster electric guitar.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So if anyone is interested in my Strat and/or Tele, please get in touch.’
    • ‘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/