noun

trademark
  • A Fender Telecaster electric guitar.

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

Origin

1970s: abbreviation.