- Hyphenated is defined as containing a punctuation mark that joins two parts of a word or two compound words, or that allows for a word to break at the end of a line.
- When you are writing the word abbreviate and you come to the end of the line and write "abbrev-iate" this is an example of a time when you hyphenated the word.
- When your last name is Jones and you get married to Mr. Smith and your name becomes Mrs. Jones-Smith, this is an example of a time when you hyphenated your name.
hyphenated definition by Webster's New World
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
- connected or separated with a hyphen
- ☆ of or pertaining to a citizen of a country who is identified with the ethnic group or nationality of his or her forebears and, typically, designated by a hyphenated compound: hyphenated Americans, such as Chinese-Americans, Polish-Americans, etc.
hyphenated definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Having a hyphen: a hyphenated adjective.
- Often Offensive Of or relating to naturalized citizens or their descendants or culture.
Variant of hyphenate
transitive verb hyphenated, hyphenating
- 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: ; from the use of hyphens to separate job titles
- hyphenation noun