[verb hahy-fuh-neyt; adjective, noun hahy-fuh-nit, -neyt]
- 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.
Origin of hyphenate
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Examples from the Web for hyphenate
Hyphenate the first two words (they really stand for one idea).Vocal Expression
Katherine Jewell Everts
For example, the text uses no hyphen on "today" while one of the captions does hyphenate it.Hurlbut's Life of Christ For Young and Old
Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
Index entries tend to not hyphenate words that are unhyphenated in the text.The Life of Isaac Ingalls Stevens, Volume II (of 2)
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.
- (tr) to separate (syllables, words, etc) with a hyphen
Word Origin and History for hyphenate
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