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hyphenated

[hahy-fuh-ney-tid] /ˈhaɪ fəˌneɪ tɪd/
adjective, Informal.
1.
of, pertaining to, or designating a person, group, or organization of mixed origin or identity:
an Irish-American club and other hyphenated organizations.
Origin
1890-1895
1890-95; hyphenate + -ed2
Related forms
unhyphenated, adjective

hyphenate

[v. hahy-fuh-neyt; adj., n. hahy-fuh-nit, -neyt] /v. ˈhaɪ fəˌneɪt; adj., n. ˈhaɪ fə nɪt, -ˌneɪt/
verb (used with object), hyphenated, hyphenating.
1.
to join by a hyphen.
2.
to write or divide with a hyphen.
adjective
3.
of or pertaining to something of distinct form or origin that has been joined; connected by a hyphen.
noun
4.
Informal. a person working or excelling in more than one craft or occupation:
He's a film-industry hyphenate, usually listed as a writer-director-producer.
Origin
1850-55; hyphen + -ate1
Related forms
hyphenation, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for hyphenated

hyphenated

/ˈhaɪfəˌneɪtɪd/
adjective
1.
containing or linked with a hyphen
2.
(mainly US) having a nationality denoted by a hyphenated word, as in American-Irish
3.
(mainly US) denoting something, such as a professional career, that consists of two elements, as in singer-songwriter

hyphenate

/ˈhaɪfəˌneɪt/
verb
1.
(transitive) to separate (syllables, words, etc) with a hyphen
Derived Forms
hyphenation, noun
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Word Origin and History for hyphenated

hyphenate

v.

1881, from hyphen + -ate (2). The earlier verb was simply hyphen (1814). Related: Hyphenated; hyphenating. Hyphenated American is attested from 1889.

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