hyphen hyphen  /ˈhaɪ fən/


  1. (n) a punctuation mark (-) used between parts of a compound word or between the syllables of a word when the word is divided at the end of a line of text
  2. (v) divide or connect with a hyphen


Derived Word(s)


  1. Minnesota is a strong Farmer-Labor State, but of late the Farmer-Labor Party has been straining at its internal hyphen.
  2. Use a hyphen to connect two or more words that function as a unit to describe a noun.
  3. At 17 letters plus a hyphen, Sammataro-Hutchins is a bit much.



  1. "This is a big change, because for the last 30 years the only thing you could use was Latin characters, and just the letters A though Z, digits 0 to 9 and a hyphen," said Cerf.
    on Oct 21, 2008 By: Vinton Cerf Source: PC World

  2. "I cannot say too often - any man who carries a hyphen about with him carries a dagger that he is ready to plunge into the vitals of this republic," Wilson said in 1919.
    on Jul 16, 2007 By: Woodrow Wilson Source: Los Angeles Times

  3. AK Ramanujan described himself as the perpetual "hyphen in Indian-English", living between two or more languages, two countries, two disciplines.
    on Jan 16, 2010 By: Srinivasa Ramanujan Source: The Hindu

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