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.
A mark (-) used between the parts of a compound word or the syllables of a divided word, as at the end of a line.
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.
(colloquial) Used to refer to a person with a hyphenated name.
Used to emphasize the coordinating function usually indicated by the punctuation "-".
Origin of hyphen
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”).