plural -s
: the quality or state of being a hyphenate : the conduct that marks or is ascribed to hyphenates
hyphenism in the United States is almost extinctE. A. Mowrer

Word History


hyphen entry 1 + -ism; from the use of hyphenated words (as German-American, Irish-American) to designate foreign-born citizens of the U.S.

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“Hyphenism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hyphenism. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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