adjective hy·phen·at·ed \ˈhī-fə-ˌnā-təd\

Definition of hyphenated

  1. :  of, relating to, or being an individual or unit of mixed or diverse background or composition <hyphenated Americans>

Origin and Etymology of hyphenated

from the use of hyphenated words (as German-American) to designate foreign-born citizens of the U.S.

First Known Use: circa 1893

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