multihyphenate

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

multi- +‎ hyphenate

Noun[edit]

multihyphenate (plural multihyphenates)

  1. A person with a hyphenated profession e.g. singer-songwriter, actor-director, but especially a person with several such roles.
    Coordinate term: polymath
    • 2008 April 18, Jeannette Catsoulis, “Resentment Over Darwin Evolves Into a Documentary”, in The New York Times[1], ISSN 0362-4331:
      Interviewees, including the scientist Richard Sternberg, claim that questioning Darwinism led to their expulsion from the scientific fold [] , while our genial audience surrogate, the actor and multihyphenate Ben Stein, nods sympathetically.
    • 2014 June 5, Heather Corcoran, “Henrik Vibskov, Fashion's Renaissance Man, Showcases His Fine Art”, in T Magazine[2]:
      He’d also submitted the first proposals for a collaboration with his fellow Nordic multihyphenate Björk, a supersize restaging of her album “Medúlla.”
    • 2019 January 10, Laura Collins-Hughes, “It’s a Sex-Positive Party, Not a Play”, in The New York Times[3], ISSN 0362-4331:
      Afterward, Diana Oh took the New Year’s Eve sex party as a sign. Just over a year ago, this multi-hyphenate artist rang in 2018 so near the Bushwick Starr theater in Brooklyn that she wondered, when she got the address, if the secret party was actually at the theater.
    • 2019, Amanda Seales, Small Doses: Potent Truths for Everyday Use:
      I find the biggest frustration for most when it comes to being a multihyphenate is the fact that there is no blueprint.

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