[verb hahy-fuh-neyt; adjective, noun hahy-fuh-nit, -neyt]
verb (used with object), hy·phen·at·ed, hy·phen·at·ing.
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
Related formshy·phen·a·tion, noun
First recorded in 1850–55; hyphen
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Historical Examples of hyphenation
Hyphenation, and capitalisation of proper nouns, has been made consistent.
Inconsistent spelling and hyphenation have been retained from the original.
Variations of hyphenation from the original document have been retained.
Variations in spelling and hyphenation have been retained as in the original.
Inconsistencies in spelling, punctuation, and hyphenation have been retained from the original.
British Dictionary definitions for hyphenation
Derived Formshyphenation, noun
(tr) to separate (syllables, words, etc) with a hyphen
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Word Origin and History for hyphenation
1881, from hyphen + -ation. Hyphenization is attested from 1851.
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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