- 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.
- 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.
- Having a hyphen: a hyphenated adjective.
- Often Offensive Of or relating to naturalized citizens or their descendants or culture.
- simple past tense and past participle of hyphenate
- Compounding the word looked wrong, so I hyphenated it instead.
(comparative more hyphenated, superlative most hyphenated)
- Written with a hyphen.
- Some dictionaries list hyphenated words as though they contained no punctuation.
- Of a person, considered to have more than one nationality or ethnicity (such as French-Canadian, Afro-Argentine, etc.).
- "[The Community Newspaper] is one of the many symbolic emblems that stand for the other half of the hyphenated American’s identity." Hyphenated Americans Must Look At Their Mirror -- The Community Newspaper -- To Do What Is Right, October 28, 2005.
Variant of hyphenate
transitive verbhyphenated, 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 of hyphenate; from the use of hyphens to separate job titles