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hyphen

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noun hy·phen \ˈhī-fən\

: a punctuation mark - that is used to connect words or parts of words

Full Definition of HYPHEN

:  a punctuation mark - used especially to divide or to compound words, word elements, or numbers
hy·phen·less \-ləs\ adjective

Origin of HYPHEN

Late Latin & Greek; Late Latin, from Greek, from hyph' hen under one, from hypo under + hen, neuter of heis one — more at up, same
First Known Use: circa 1620

Other Grammar and Linguistics Terms

ablaut, allusion, anacoluthon, diacritic, gerund, idiom, infinitive, metaphor, semiotics, simile

Rhymes with HYPHEN

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verb

Definition of HYPHEN

transitive verb
:  hyphenate

First Known Use of HYPHEN

1814

Other Grammar and Linguistics Terms

ablaut, allusion, anacoluthon, diacritic, gerund, idiom, infinitive, metaphor, semiotics, simile

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