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See also: [U+2010 HYPHEN], [U+2013 EN DASH], [U+2212 MINUS SIGN], [U+2014 EM DASH], [U+4E00 CJK UNIFIED IDEOGRAPH-4E00], and [U+1680 OGHAM SPACE MARK]


Character  - 
Unicode name HYPHEN-MINUS
Codepoint U+002D
, ← Basic Latin → .



  1. (hyphen)
  2. (minus sign)
  3. Any of the dashes: , , ,
  4. (chemistry) A single bond.

Usage notes[edit]

The multiple uses of this character was a compromise that made sense in the early days of fixed-width typewriters and computer displays but is considered to be ugly in proper typesetting. Nonetheless its usage persists as it is easy to enter on keyboards, well known, and at the same place in all common character sets.

Derived terms[edit]

  • (small form variant)

See also[edit]



Punctuation mark[edit]


  1. (rare) A romanization of the (long vowel mark).