Hyphen meaning

hīfən
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A punctuation mark ( - ) used between the parts of a compound word or name or between the syllables of a word, especially when divided at the end of a line of text.
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To hyphenate.
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A mark (-) used between the parts of a compound word or the syllables of a divided word, as at the end of a line.
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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.
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(figuratively) Something that links two more consequential things.
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(dated) To separate or punctuate with a hyphen; to hyphenate.
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(colloquial) Used to refer to a person with a hyphenated name.
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Used to emphasize the coordinating function usually indicated by the punctuation "-".
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Origin of hyphen

  • Late 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 hypo– hen neuter of heis one sem-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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”).

    From Wiktionary