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noun hy·phen \ˈhī-fən\

Definition of hyphen

  1. :  a punctuation mark - used especially to divide or to compound words, word elements, or numbers

hyphenless

play \-ləs\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of hyphen

Late Latin & Greek; Late Latin, from Greek, from hyph' hen under one, from hypo under + hen, neuter of heis one — more at up, same


First Known Use: circa 1620

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verb hy·phen

Definition of hyphen

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  hyphenate

1814

First Known Use of hyphen

1814

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HYPHEN Defined for English Language Learners

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noun hy·phen \ˈhī-fən\

Definition of hyphen for English Language Learners

  • : a punctuation mark - that is used to connect words or parts of words


HYPHEN Defined for Kids

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noun hy·phen \ˈhī-fən\

Definition of hyphen for Students

  1. :  a mark - used to divide or to connect words or word elements


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verb hy·phen

Definition of hyphen for Students

hyphened

hyphening



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