- to connect or separate by a hyphen
- to write or print with a hyphen
a person who has more than one job or function, as in the film industry: a producer-director-writer is a Hollywood hyphenate
Origin of hyphenate; from the use of hyphens to separate job titles
transitive verbhy·phen·at·ed, hy·phen·at·ing, hy·phen·ates
To divide or connect (syllables, word elements, or names) with a hyphen.
One who performs more than one job or function: auditioned singer-dancers, actor-models, and other hyphenates.
(third-person singular simple present hyphenates, present participle hyphenating, simple past and past participle hyphenated)
- A person with multiple duties or abilities, such as "writer-director", "actor-model", or "singer-songwriter".