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A communication protocol sometimes used to connect to internet servers from remote hosts.

Seldom used due to it's inability to display pornography.
telnet playboy.com
Connecting to playboy.com
login: hughhefner
password: ********

hughhefner % titties
titties: Command not found
by Joshua James October 12, 2006
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A terminal-emulation protocol that is widely used on the Internet to log on to network computers. Telnet also refers to the application that uses the Telnet protocol for users who log on from remote locations.
Microsoft Telnet> o 207.44.188.38 25
Connecting To 207.44.188.38...Could not open connection to the host, on port 25.

An existing connection was forcibly closed by the remote host.
by :| October 19, 2003
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The other definitions are correct, but fail to mention that telnet is very insecure, as all data (including user names and passwords) are sent across the network in plain text (unencrypted). On an untrusted/public network (like the internet) this can be quite dangerous.
Telnet is outdated. Secure Shell (SSH) is a far better alternative.
by Orbter February 01, 2005
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