Part of speech: noun
Origin: English, mid-20th century
A conference with participants in different locations linked by telecommunications devices.
Examples of Teleconference in a sentence
"We'll be on a teleconference for this meeting, because people are in New York and London."
"The teleconference starts at noon, so make sure you have your phone with you."
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Teleconference is a contraction of the English words telephone and conference. If you want to get even more specfic about the etymology, "tele" means far off and "phone" is sound in Greek. In Latin, "conferre" means bring together. So we've got a mishmash of Greek and Latin bringing together people with sound.
Did you Know?
President Rutherford B. Hayes commented to Alexander Graham Bell about the telephone, “That’s an amazing invention, but who would ever want to use one of them?” Well, about 150 years later, almost everyone has one in their pocket. And business people around the world are able to communicate through teleconference.