Definition of hyphenate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhʌɪf(ə)neɪt/


[with object]
Write or separate with a hyphen: do you hyphenate ‘willy-nilly’? (as adjective hyphenated) a hyphenated surname
More example sentences
  • On his appointment, he altered his surname by hyphenating a family name to avoid misunderstanding.
  • But as a young man he decided to acquire a double-barrelled name by hyphenating his middle name, Grant, to the Ferris.
  • I mean, isn't that what oddly hyphenated phrases are all about?


A person who is active in more than one sphere or occupation: producer-director-businessmen hyphenates such as Spielberg
More example sentences
  • Now I might become what the Americans call a hyphenate - a writer-director.
  • He is a bonafide player - a multiple hyphenate who has done virtually everything that can be done in front of or behind a camera.
  • Said hyphenate's name is Josh, and his film, Winter Solstice, is about the millionth variation on a tried-and-true template.



Pronunciation: /hʌɪfəˈneɪʃ(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • Jackson's family originally wanted the name changed entirely, while Hartsfield's family opposed the hyphenation.
  • A similarly important issue is the hyphenation of ‘Asian-Canadian’ within the headline and text of the review.
  • That's about when hyphenation was seized upon as a solution to surname patriarchy.

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Line breaks: hy¦phen|ate

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