Origin of hyphenLate Latin ; from Classical Greek hyphen (for hyph' hen), a hyphen, literally , under one, together, in one ; from hypo-, under + hen, neuter accusative of heis, one: for Indo-European base see same
transitive verbhy·phened, hy·phen·ing, hy·phens
Origin of hyphenLate Latin, from Greek huphen, a sign indicating a compound or two words which are to be read as one, from huph' hen, in one : hupo, under; see hypo– + hen, neuter of heis, one; see sem-1 in Indo-European roots.
- Symbol "-", typically used to join two or more words to form a compound term, or to indicate that a word has been split at the end of a line.
- (figuratively) Something that links two more consequential things.
Because the original symbol "-" (technically the hyphen-minus) covered usages aside from hyphenation there have been additional subsequent symbols created for hyphenation needs. They include the "‐" (hyphen), ‑ (non-breaking hyphen) and the non-visible soft hyphen.
(third-person singular simple present hyphens, present participle hyphening, simple past and past participle hyphened)
- (colloquial) Used to refer to a person with a hyphenated name
- Used to emphasize the coordinating function usually indicated by the punctuation "-".
From Late Latin, from Ancient Greek ὑφέν (hyphen, “together”), contracted from ὑφ' ἕν (hyph' hen, “under one”), from ὑπό (hypo, “under”) + ἕν (hen, “one”), neuter of εἷς (heis, “one”).