Definition of


  1. (noun, communication) 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. (verb, creation) divide or connect with a hyphen

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Synonyms of Hyphen

dash, hyphenate

Alternate forms of Hyphen

Derivations: hyphen, hyphenate

Hypernyms: punctuation, punctuation mark, spell, write

Origin of the word Hyphen

  1. 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." more

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Words that sound like Hyphen

ha'penny, hafnium, happen, havana, have on, haven, heaven, heavy weapon, hipbone, hoffman, hoffmann, hoop pine, hop on, hyphema, hyponym, hyponymy, hypopnea

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