[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.

Nearby words

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

Origin of hyphenate

First recorded in 1850–55; hyphen + -ate1

Related formshy·phen·a·tion, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for hyphenation




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

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