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)

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 Combo shampoo-conditioners, serum-moisturizers, mask-cleansers—all tend to be better at one side of the hyphen than the other. Kareem Rashed, Robb Report, 28 July 2022 The plaintiffs say data entry errors or differences as minor as a missing hyphen or apostrophe can trigger a non-match and that naturalized citizens can also be wrongly flagged as noncitizens if records are outdated. CBS News, 11 Apr. 2022 The plaintiffs say data entry errors or differences as minor as a missing hyphen or apostrophe can trigger a non-match and that naturalized citizens can also be wrongly flagged as noncitizens if records are outdated. CBS News, 11 Apr. 2022 The plaintiffs say data entry errors or differences as minor as a missing hyphen or apostrophe can trigger a non-match and that naturalized citizens can also be wrongly flagged as noncitizens if records are outdated. CBS News, 11 Apr. 2022 The plaintiffs say data entry errors or differences as minor as a missing hyphen or apostrophe can trigger a non-match and that naturalized citizens can also be wrongly flagged as noncitizens if records are outdated. CBS News, 11 Apr. 2022 Whereas Mahdavi has chosen to embrace the hyphen, others have rejected it. Mary Norris, The New Yorker, 25 Apr. 2022 As a result, geneticists collectively refer to them as Khoe-San, using a hyphen to acknowledge their cultural distinction. Brenna Henn, The Conversation, 19 Apr. 2022 The plaintiffs say data entry errors or differences as minor as a missing hyphen or apostrophe can trigger a non-match and that naturalized citizens can also be wrongly flagged as noncitizens if records are outdated. CBS News, 11 Apr. 2022 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 See More

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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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Last Updated

3 Aug 2022

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“Hyphen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hyphen. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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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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