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  1. simple past tense and past participle of unhyphenate


unhyphenated (not comparable)

  1. Lacking a hyphen.
    The word cooperation is unhyphenated, though some also spell it as co-operation.
  2. (Canada, US) Of people, belonging to a single ethnicity or nationality: names for multi-ethnic/multi-nationality groups generally require a hyphen to connect the names being combined.
    • 1894, Rena Michaels Atchison, Un-American immigration: its present effects and future perils, C. H. Kerr & company, page 140
      ... when we shall recognize in our press and at the ballot box no votes but American votes, and no citizens but simply unhyphenated American citizens; when we shall insist that every man who places a ballot in our ballot box shall be able to read that ballot in the language of Lincoln and Grant, we shall have reached the hour when we may begin the most momentous and delicate task ever set before a people—the creation of a great nation out of the fragments of many diverse and even hostile nationalities.
    • 1916, Agnes Repplier, quoted in "The Glory of Pennsylvania", American Lutheran survey, Volume 5, Lutheran Survey Pub. Co., page 78
      For Pennsylvania yields to no State in the courage and virility of her sons—plain, unhyphenated Americans, not yet pushed by invaders off the soil; loyal men, whose fathers gave their blood like water for the Union.
    • 1916, L. W. Rupp, "The Glory of Pennsylvania", American Lutheran survey, Volume 5, Lutheran Survey Pub. Co., page 78
      First of all, and probably greatest of all in view of most present-day writers, they were "unhyphenated!" This is indeed wonderful! And again, most wonderful! Unhyphenated! So interesting a fact as this, and one so eminently desirable, invites most critical investigation, for the very breath of suggestion insinuates at once that "hyphenism" and "Americanism" are by the very nature of things contradictory, and that "hyphenism" must needs be on a par with, if not exactly the same as, treason. We are therefore very much interested in the new fact that Pennsylvania's glory lies in the giving of "unhyphenated" Americans to the new nation born of the travails of the Revolution.
    • 1922-10-26, "Leave jazz alone", The Musical Courier (reprinted in 2002, Karl Koenig, Jazz in print (1856-1929): an anthology of selected early readings in jazz history, Pendragon Press, →ISBN, page 210)
      Some believe it is an expression of Hebrew-Americanism, others think it is an expressio[sic] of Negro-Americanism, still other's[sic] think it is pure American, unhyphenated.
    • 1984, Janet Kerr Morchain, Mason Wade, Search for a nation: Canada's crises in French-English relations, 1759-1980, Fitzhenry & Whiteside, page 66
      The concept that Canada was "one nation" and its citizens "unhyphenated", in Diefenbaker's words, had to be set aside.
    • 1985, Richard D. Alba, Ethnicity and race in the U.S.A.: toward the twenty-first century, Routledge & K. Paul, page 178
      The score for Unhyphenated white men, 36.0, falls just about midway between all white men and black men; the mean prestige score for Unhyphenated white women is 33.6, is considerably closer to the level for black women than all white women.
    • 1992, R. Kent Weaver, The Collapse of Canada?, Brookings Institution Press, page 149
      Early on Trudeau scorned the idea of making everyone "good, clean, unhyphenated Canadians," and the Reform is explicitly opposed to the Trudeau government's bilingual and multicultural programs.
    • 1996, Wynetta Devore, Elfriede G. Schlesinger, Ethnic-sensitive social work practice, Allyn and Bacon, page 34
      Stanley Lieberson (1985) has used the term unhyphenated white to identify a growing group of Americans who lack any clear-cut identification with or knowledge of specific European origins.
    • 2006, Kevin Kelly Gaines, American Africans in Ghana: Black expatriates and the civil rights era, UNC Press Books, page 76
      Who—what—were African Americans becoming in relation to political change in America and Africa? Would they simply become unhyphenated Americans, or, in gaining formal equality, would they enact a transnational American citizenship in solidarity with African peoples and in so doing participate in the democratization of America?
    • 2007, Herb Duerr, The Unhyphenated Canuck: Reflections and Confessions of an Opinionated Immigrant, iUniverse.com
      The Unhyphenated Canuck: Reflections and Confessions of an Opinionated Immigrant (title)
    • 2010, Steve Kenson, Mutants & Masterminds: Silver Age, Green Ronin Publishing, →ISBN, page 16
      The color barriers in superhero comic books began to fall in 1969 when Marvel Comics introduced the Falcon, the first African-American superhero (the Black Panther, an unhyphenated African superhero preceded him three years prior) in Captain America #117.