of or relating to something of distinct form or origin that has been joined; connected by a hyphen.
Informal. a person working or excelling in more than one craft or occupation: He's a film-industry hyphenate, usually listed as a writer-director-producer.
- hy·phen·a·tion, noun
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How to use hyphenate in a sentence
The idea of the multi-hyphenate creator was something that came after I had started working in this industry, so it was eye-opening and exciting that all of these avenues were available to me to express myself.Natasha Rothwell Says Goodbye to Insecure—And Hello to the Future | Cady Lang | December 27, 2021 | Time
Rihanna is the poster child for the millennial multi-hyphenate.
For the contemporary sports superstar as multi-hyphenate, Jordan is the blueprint and he’s set the bar high.Debating How Space Jam: A New Legacy Stacks Up Against the Original | Cady Lang | July 19, 2021 | Time
Unlike Gibson, Tom Cruise is not a multi-hyphenate who can retreat behind the camera.
Index entries tend to not hyphenate words that are unhyphenated in the text.The Life of Isaac Ingalls Stevens, Volume II (of 2) | Hazard Stevens
Frequently the printer made an mistake and forgot to hyphenate all or part of a word.Young Folks' Bible in Words of Easy Reading | Josephine Pollard
hyphenate compounds of great in phrases indicating degrees of descent; great-grandmother, great-great-grandfather.
hyphenate compounds of life and world; life-history, world-influence, but (by exception) lifetime.
hyphenate compounds of master; master-builder, master-stroke, but (by exception) masterpiece.
British Dictionary definitions for hyphenate
(tr) to separate (syllables, words, etc) with a hyphen
- hyphenation, noun
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