- a short line (-) used to connect the parts of a compound word or the parts of a word divided for any purpose.
Origin of hyphen
Examples from the Web for hyphen
A hyphen is part of the common spelling: daylight-saving time.Is it Daylight Saving or Daylight Savings?
November 8, 2010
The purser said that the dragon's name was Mrs. Scrivener-Yapling, with a hyphen.In a Steamer Chair and Other Stories
The hyphen is used between the component parts of some compound words.
The hyphen is used also when the words are inverted; as "four-and-thirty," "six-and-fortieth."
But if the word "part" or the word "share" follows, the hyphen is not used; as "two third parts."
There is no rule to distinguish the compound words that take a hyphen from those that do not.
- the punctuation mark (-), used to separate the parts of some compound words, to link the words of a phrase, and between syllables of a word split between two consecutive lines of writing or printing
- (tr) another word for hyphenate
Word Origin and History for hyphen
1620s, from Late Latin hyphen, from Greek hyphen "mark joining two syllables or words," probably indicating how they were to be sung, noun use of an adverb meaning "together, in one," literally "under one," from hypo "under" (see sub-) + hen, neuter of heis "one."
A punctuation mark (-) used in some compound words, such as self-motivation, seventy-five, and mother-in-law. A hyphen is also used to divide a word at the end of a line of type. Hyphens may appear only between syllables. Thus com-pound is properly hyphenated, but compo-und is not.