Definition of hyphen in English:

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hyphen

Pronunciation: /ˈhīfən/

noun

The sign -, used to join words to indicate that they have a combined meaning or that they are linked in the grammar of a sentence (as in pick-me-up, rock-forming), to indicate the division of a word at the end of a line, or to indicate a missing or implied element (as in short- and long-term).
Example sentences
  • The only quibble I have with the grammar of that prose is the use of a hyphen followed by a semi-colon in the final sentence.
  • For those who care: in one of last week's postings, I had linked loads and loads of words together with hyphens instead of spaces.
  • Outside the University in Mumbai is the greeting ‘wel-come’, with the two elements separated by a hyphen.

verb

another term for hyphenate.

Origin

Early 17th century: via late Latin from Greek huphen 'together', from hupo 'under' + hen 'one'.

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  • This word came into English via late Latin from Greek huphen ‘together’.

Words that rhyme with hyphen

siphon

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: hy·phen

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