hyphen

[hahy-fuhn]
noun
1.
a short line (-) used to connect the parts of a compound word or the parts of a word divided for any purpose.
verb (used with object)

Origin:
1595–1605; < Late Latin < Greek hyphén (adv.) together, derivative of hyph' hén (prepositional phrase), equivalent to hyp(ó) under (see hypo-) + hén, neuter of heîs one

hyphenic [hahy-fen-ik] , adjective
dehyphen, verb (used with object)
unhyphened, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To hyphen
Collins
World English Dictionary
hyphen (ˈhaɪfən)
 
n
1.  the punctuation mark (-), used to separate the parts of some compound words, to link the words of a phrase, and between syllables of a word split between two consecutive lines of writing or printing
 
vb
2.  (tr) another word for hyphenate
 
[C17: from Late Latin (meaning: the combining of two words), from Greek huphen (adv) together, from hypo- + heis one]

hyphenate or hyphen (ˈhaɪfəˌneɪt)
 
vb
(tr) to separate (syllables, words, etc) with a hyphen
 
hyphen or hyphen
 
vb
 
hyphen'ation or hyphen
 
n

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Etymonline
Word Origin & History

hyphen
c.1620, from L.L. hyphen, from Gk. hyphen "mark joining two syllables or words," probably indicating how they were to be sung, "together, in one," lit. "under one," from hypo "under" (see sub-) + hen, neut. of heis "one."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
American Heritage
Cultural Dictionary

hyphen definition


A punctuation mark (-) used in some compound words, such as self-motivation, seventy-five, and mother-in-law. A hyphen is also used to divide a word at the end of a line of type. Hyphens may appear only between syllables. Thus com-pound is properly hyphenated, but compo-und is not.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source
Example sentences
Why your correspondent thought the term needs a hyphen is beyond me.
Game-changing may one day go the way of those, hyphen and all.
The new hyphen-filled motor is an air-cooled, fuel-injected three-valve four-stroke.
Now that the hyphen has moved eastwards they are much happier.
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature