hyphenated

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

Definition of hyphenated 

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

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Every American has a hyphenated identity, not just nonwhite people. Nathan Heller, The New Yorker, "The Mail," 12 June 2018 However, royals who are descended from Queen Elizabeth II through the male line use the hyphenated surname Mountbatten-Windsor when needed. Megan Mccluskey, Time, "Why Queen Elizabeth and the Royal Family Don't Have Last Names," 1 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 The groupings were given a choice between combining names into a hyphenated format or choosing a new name entirely. Staff Report, chicagotribune.com, "Elmwood Park and River Grove parishes to unite under new name — St. Mother Theodore Guerin Parish," 14 May 2018 For his part, Jeff, a florist, still carries the hyphenated name on IG. Andrea Park, Teen Vogue, "Colton Haynes and Jeff Leatham Have Reportedly Separated After Six Months of Marriage," 4 May 2018 Back in the day, being a singer/actor/dancer was a sufficiently impressive hyphenated career choice. Gabriella Paiella, The Cut, "What’s Your Ideal Triple-Threat Career?," 10 Apr. 2018 But, until recently, few people had thought about how to make a hyphenated Italian. Keith Gessen, The New Yorker, "The Chinese Workers Who Assemble Designer Bags in Tuscany," 20 Feb. 2017 Two other letters provided to the Miami Herald by the Fernandez campaign were authored by people with hyphenated names and addresses that don’t show up in public records searches. David Smiley, miamiherald, "Imaginary people are writing to voters, political ads are mailing themselves in Miami | Miami Herald," 30 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of hyphenated

circa 1893, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hyphenated

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

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