hyphenate

verb
hy·phen·ate | \ ˈhī-fə-ˌnāt \
hyphenated; hyphenating

Definition of hyphenate 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to connect (words) or divide (a word, such as a word at the end of a line of print) with a hyphen

hyphenate

noun

Definition of hyphenate (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person who performs more than one function (such as a producer-director in filmmaking)

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Other words from hyphenate

Verb

hyphenation \ˌhī-fə-ˈnā-shən \ noun

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Noun

In the early 20th century, the noun hyphenate referred to a resident or citizen of the U.S. whose recent foreign national origin caused others to question his or her patriotic loyalties - with or without there being just cause for that questioning. These hyphenates - the Irish-Americans, German-Americans, and others - were objects of suspicion. The hyphenates we're highlighting today are more often objects of admiration. Since around 1974, we've been referring to people with hyphens in their titles - producer-directors, for example, as hyphenates.

Examples of hyphenate in a Sentence

Verb

In English, we hyphenate some compounds but not others.

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

These are rated as second-highest quality and their names are often hyphenated with the nearby town (e.g. Meursault-Charmes). Lettie Teague, WSJ, "Beat the Burgundy Bubble: 11 Still-Affordable Wines," 7 Dec. 2017 Whether or not to hyphenate is entirely your choice: Jane Riley, Eleanor Rose, Ann-Morgan. Southern Living, "Let Mama Name Your Baby in 2017," 27 Dec. 2016 Whether or not to hyphenate is entirely your choice: Jane Riley, Eleanor Rose, Ann-Morgan. Southern Living, "Let Mama Name Your Baby in 2017," 1 May 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

These days, our favorite celebrities are multi-hyphenate megastars. Samantha Sasso, refinery29.com, "A Serena Williams Beauty Line May Be Coming Soon," 12 Mar. 2018 Rising multi-hyphenate Craig Roberts has beefed up the British cast for his upcoming second feature, Eternal Beauty, now in production in Wales. Alex Ritman, The Hollywood Reporter, "Billie Piper, Penelope Wilton Join Sally Hawkins in 'Eternal Beauty'," 26 June 2018 The multi-hyphenate Jessica Williams, actor-host-writer-producer, who is best known for her work on The Daily Show and her podcast 2 Dope Queens, is the type of star who in many ways makes jobs like mine obsolete. Mary H.k. Choi, The Cut, "Jessica Williams Is Ready to Claim What’s Hers," 4 June 2018 Meanwhile O’Connell calls Colorado home and works as a multi-hyphenate creative in the outdoor industry covering everything from writing to hosting a podcast. Hans Aschim, Popular Mechanics, "What It’s Like to Be in 105-Degree Heat for 5 Days," 8 June 2018 Serena Williams isn’t just getting creative with her look at the French Open (that catsuit!) — the multi-hyphenate and arguable greatest athlete of our time now wants to empower women off the tennis court, too. refinery29.com, "Serena Williams Is Unstoppable, & Her New Clothing Line Proves It," 31 May 2018 Jennifer Lopez‘s age-defying beauty has many scratching their heads about how the multi-hyphenate star looks and acts so youthful ahead of her 49th birthday in July. Karen Mizoguchi, PEOPLE.com, "Jennifer Lopez Jokes She's 'Holding It Together' Ahead of Turning 50: 'At Some Point I'm Going to Age'," 31 May 2018 Lister-Jones, 35, has a hyphenated name and a multi-hyphenate career. Alyse Whitney, Bon Appetit, "Zoe Lister-Jones on Hiring an All-Women Film Crew and Being a ‘Bone Brothatarian’," 22 May 2018 For example, the Hydrating Skin Prep ($20) is a super-hyphenate, acting as a toner, serum, moisturizer, and primer. Marci Robin, Allure, "EOS Quietly Launched a Skin-Care Collection, Called Aqua," 21 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of hyphenate

Verb

circa 1889, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1974, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hyphenate

Noun

from the hyphens in the titles of such people, as producer-director

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Time Traveler for hyphenate

The first known use of hyphenate was circa 1889

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hyphenate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of hyphenate

: to connect (words or parts of words) with a hyphen

hyphenate

verb
hy·phen·ate | \ ˈhī-fə-ˌnāt \
hyphenated; hyphenating

Kids Definition of hyphenate

: to connect or mark with a hyphen

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