hyphen (plural hyphens)
- The symbol "‐", typically used to join two or more words to form a compound term, or to indicate that a word has been split at the end of a line.
- (figuratively) Something that links two more consequential things.
Because the original symbol "-" (technically the hyphen-minus) covered usages aside from hyphenation there have been additional subsequent symbols created for hyphenation needs. They include the "‐" (hyphen), ‑ (non-breaking hyphen) and the non-visible soft hyphen.
- (colloquial) Used to refer to a person with a hyphenated name
- Used to emphasize the coordinating function usually indicated by the punctuation "-".
- 1945, Robert Gessner, Youth is the time:
- You are sitting at the wrong table, if I may be so bold, among the misguided who believe in the mass murder of mentalities, otherwise known as the liberal arts hyphen vocational training hyphen education.
- 1950, Cleveland Amory, Home town:
- Ax was now a Hollywood hyphenated man. An actor hyphen director hyphen writer.
- 1983, Linda Crawford, Vanishing acts:
- He described himself as a poet-composer and actually said the word hyphen when he did so: "I'm a poet hyphen composer.
- 1983, David S. Reiss, M*A*S*H: the exclusive, inside story of TV's most popular show:
- He is an actor (hyphen) writer (hyphen) director. In the fifth year of the series Alan Alda added another title to his growing list — that of creative consultant.
- 2007, Stephen M. Murphy, What If Holden Caulfield Went to Law School?, page 65:
- One reason he has avoided reading legal thrillers is that “they seem really to have been written by lawyer-hyphen-authors.”
- dashes ( ‒ ) ( – ) ( — ) ( ― )
- ellipsis ( … )
- exclamation mark ( ! )
- fraction slash ( ⁄ )
- guillemets ( « » )
- hyphen ( - ) ( ‐ )
- interpunct ( · )
- interrobang (rare) ( ‽ )
- parentheses ( ( ) )
- period (US) or full stop (UK) ( . )
- question mark ( ? )
- quotation marks (formal) ( ‘ ’ ) ( “ ” )
- quotation marks (informal, Computing) ( " ) ( ' )
hyphen m (plural hyphens)
- Old symbol with the shape of a curved stroke, formerly used in French instead of the modern hyphen, with the same function.