One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An interactive videotex system sponsored by the French government, in which computer terminals are linked together via the telephone network. Also: a home computer terminal forming part of this system.
1980s; earliest use found in The American Banker. From French Minitel, probably from -min- (in terminal) + -i- + tel- (in téléphone), although probably influenced also by mini- mini-.
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