hy·​phen·​at·​ed ˈhī-fə-ˌnā-təd How to pronounce hyphenated (audio)
: of, relating to, or being an individual or unit of mixed or diverse background or composition
hyphenated Americans

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Few details are available about the entity that owns the non-hyphenated site, although domain records show it is hosted by Epik, which has kept alive far-right websites like Gab and Parler when they were dumped by more mainstream web-hosting services, NPR reported last year. Washington Post, 16 Feb. 2022 Effectively grounded after years of ceaseless global travel, Virgil Abloh, the Louis Vuitton men’s wear designer, turned his consciousness inward to compose a kind of anchoring autobiographical mixtape spliced together from the varied pieces of a multi-hyphenated identity. New York Times, 25 Jan. 2021 Swae’s multifaceted adaptability and multi-hyphenated mentality extend far beyond the studio. D'shonda Brown, Essence, 31 Oct. 2022 Notes From a Trap Feminist and the multi-hyphenated creators from the Up and Coming Legendary Children Podcast to hear their thoughts on this topic and provide expert insight and advice. Dominique Fluker, Essence, 19 Dec. 2022 Early clues certainly pointed to a few tell-tale signs, most notably Flatley’s multi-hyphenated credits (much like Wiseau’s). Alex Ritman, The Hollywood Reporter, 26 Aug. 2022 The multi-hyphenated personality first joined the DWTS pro team in 2007 and left in 2016. Katherine Tinsley, Good Housekeeping, 23 Apr. 2022 The multi-hyphenated TV personality posted an Instagram video on January 25 showing off her transition from skin and hair prep to looking red carpet ready. Katherine Tinsley, Good Housekeeping, 11 Feb. 2022 In response, the multi-hyphenated artist retweeted McKee-Rodriguez’s video to her more than 23 million followers over the weekend. NBC News, 13 Dec. 2021 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

circa 1893, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hyphenated was circa 1893

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“Hyphenated.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hyphenated. Accessed 8 Jun. 2023.

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