adjective Informal.

of, relating to, or designating a person, group, or organization of mixed origin or identity: an Irish-American club and other hyphenated organizations.

Nearby words

  1. hyphema,
  2. hyphemia,
  3. hyphen,
  4. hyphen help,
  5. hyphenate,
  6. hyphenation,
  7. hyphenic,
  8. hyphenize,
  9. hyphidrosis,
  10. hyphopodium

Origin of hyphenated

First recorded in 1890–95; hyphenate + -ed2

Related formsun·hy·phen·at·ed, adjective


[verb hahy-fuh-neyt; adjective, noun hahy-fuh-nit, -neyt]

verb (used with object), hy·phen·at·ed, hy·phen·at·ing.

to join by a hyphen.
to write or divide with a hyphen.


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

First recorded in 1850–55; hyphen + -ate1

Related formshy·phen·a·tion, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for hyphenated



containing or linked with a hyphen
mainly US having a nationality denoted by a hyphenated word, as in American-Irish
mainly US denoting something, such as a professional career, that consists of two elements, as in singer-songwriter




(tr) to separate (syllables, words, etc) with a hyphen
Derived Formshyphenation, noun

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Word Origin and History for hyphenated



1881, from hyphen + -ate (2). The earlier verb was simply hyphen (1814). Related: Hyphenated; hyphenating. Hyphenated American is attested from 1889.

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