hyphen

noun
hy·​phen | \ ˈhī-fən How to pronounce hyphen (audio) \

Definition of hyphen

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a punctuation mark - used especially to divide or to compound words, word elements, or numbers

hyphen

verb
hyphened; hyphening; hyphens

Definition of hyphen (Entry 2 of 2)

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Other Words from hyphen

Noun

hyphenless \ ˈhī-​fən-​ləs How to pronounce hyphen (audio) \ adjective

Examples of hyphen in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Instead, the Mexicans who came of age in the 1980s were part of the first generation that truly felt comfortable on both sides of the Mexican-American hyphen. Los Angeles Times, 7 Apr. 2021 The new incarnation of the Hispano Suiza car company, spelled without the hyphen this time, was founded by some of the descendents of the original company's founders. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, 14 Dec. 2020 Her last name on her driver’s license had a hyphen, while the one in her voter file did not. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland, 2 Sep. 2020 That worries people with names that have a hyphen, apostrophe or other special character. cleveland, 3 Sep. 2020 By the end of the 2019 season, Davis had lost one hyphen and gained a new title: All-American. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 6 June 2020 Where our economy presumes the supremacy of profit, the hyphen situates the worker and owners as true equals. Vanessa A. Bee, The New Republic, 3 June 2020 To avoid detection, messages sent by Amazon sales reps stayed generic and frequently used hyphens or periods between letters to describe the rival company, including a-m-a-z-o-n or A.M.Z.N., the cease-and-desist letter alleges. Laura Stevens, WSJ, 3 Oct. 2018 Balliol authorities seemed not to find this amusing, even with the coy little hyphens. Washington Post, 20 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Normally, closed caption subtitling bleeps words in a variety of different ways: phrases, such as (bleep), [expletive], or [censored] may be used, though sometimes hyphens or asterisks are substituted instead (f–k, f---, or f*** are all examples. Ace Ratcliff, SELF, 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of hyphen

Noun

circa 1620, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1814, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hyphen

Noun

Late Latin & Greek; Late Latin, from Greek, from hyph' hen under one, from hypo under + hen, neuter of heis one — more at up, same

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The first known use of hyphen was circa 1620

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“Hyphen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hyphen. Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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hyphen

noun

English Language Learners Definition of hyphen

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

hyphen

noun
hy·​phen | \ ˈhī-fən How to pronounce hyphen (audio) \

Kids Definition of hyphen

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a mark - used to divide or to connect words or word elements

hyphen

verb
hyphened; hyphening

Kids Definition of hyphen (Entry 2 of 2)

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