hyphen

[hahy-fuh n]
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verb (used with object)
  1. hyphenate.

Origin of hyphen

1595–1605; < Late Latin < Greek hyphén (adv.) together, derivative of hyph' hén (prepositional phrase), equivalent to hyp(ó) under (see hypo-) + hén, neuter of heîs one
Related formshy·phen·ic [hahy-fen-ik] /haɪˈfɛn ɪk/, adjectivede·hy·phen, verb (used with object)un·hy·phened, adjective
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Examples from the Web for hyphen

Contemporary Examples of hyphen

Historical Examples of hyphen

  • The purser said that the dragon's name was Mrs. Scrivener-Yapling, with a hyphen.

  • The hyphen is used between the component parts of some compound words.

    "Stops"

    Paul Allardyce

  • The hyphen is used also when the words are inverted; as "four-and-thirty," "six-and-fortieth."

    "Stops"

    Paul Allardyce

  • But if the word "part" or the word "share" follows, the hyphen is not used; as "two third parts."

    "Stops"

    Paul Allardyce

  • There is no rule to distinguish the compound words that take a hyphen from those that do not.

    "Stops"

    Paul Allardyce


British Dictionary definitions for hyphen

hyphen

noun
  1. 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
verb
  1. (tr) another word for hyphenate

Word Origin for hyphen

C17: from Late Latin (meaning: the combining of two words), from Greek huphen (adv) together, from hypo- + heis one
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Word Origin and History for hyphen
n.

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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

hyphen in Culture

hyphen

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.

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