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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Councillors have suggested using Tees-side using a hyphen to emphasise the name of the river rather than the name of a local authority.
▪ Answer: a. Why: Use hyphens with a prefix and a proper noun.
▪ Answer: a. Why: When creating an unusual adjective from other types of words, use a hyphen.
▪ A hyphen is an acceptable alternative to a comma.
▪ Answer: a. Why: When creating an unusual adjective from other types of words, use a hyphen.
▪ As you type, WordPerfect will automatically insert a soft hyphen where appropriate, without stopping for you to position the cursor.
▪ Besides we were never very sure whether there was a hyphen in the word co-ordination.
▪ The 2 parameters should be separated by a comma or a hyphen.
▪ Until late 1995, she had gone by an Anglicized hyphen name and had been a lifelong Republican.
▪ Use the soft hyphen in words which would not be hyphenated if they fell in the middle of a line.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Hyphen \Hy"phen\ (h[imac]"f[e^]n), n. [L., fr. Gr. "yfe`n, fr. "yf "e`n under one, into one, together, fr. ? under + ?, neut. of ? one. See Hypo-.] (Print.) A mark or short dash, thus [-], placed at the end of a line which terminates with a syllable of a word, the remainder of which is carried to the next line; or between the parts of many a compound word; as in fine-leaved, clear-headed. It is also sometimes used to separate the syllables of words.


Hyphen \Hy"phen\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Hyphened; p. pr. & vb. n. Hyphening.] To connect with, or separate by, a hyphen, as two words or the parts of a word.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1620s, from Late Latin hyphen, from Greek hyphen "mark joining two syllables or words," probably indicating how they were to be sung, noun use of an adverb meaning "together, in one," literally "under one," from hypo "under" (see sub-) + hen, neuter of heis "one."


conj. (non-gloss definition: Used to emphasize the coordinating function usually indicated by the punctuation "-"). n. 1 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. 2 (context figuratively English) Something that links two more consequential things. n. (context colloquial English) (non-gloss definition: Used to refer to a person with a hyphenated name) vb. (context transitive dated English) To separate or punctuate with a hyphen; to hyphenate.

  1. n. 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 [syn: dash]

  2. v. divide or connect with a hyphen; "hyphenate these words and names" [syn: hyphenate]


The hyphen () is a punctuation mark used to join words and to separate syllables of a single word. The use of hyphens is called hyphenation. The hyphen should not be confused with dashes ( , , , ―), which are longer and have different uses, or with the minus sign ( −), which is also longer in some contexts.

As an orthographic concept, the hyphen is a single entity. In terms of character encoding and display, that entity is represented by any of several characters and glyphs (including hard hyphens, soft or optional hyphens, and nonbreaking hyphens), depending on the context of use (discussed below).

Although, as mentioned above, hyphens are not to be confused with en dashes and minus signs, there are some overlaps in usage (in which either a hyphen or an en dash may be acceptable, depending on user preference; discussed below) and in character encoding (which often uses the same character, called a " hyphen-minus", to represent both the hyphen and minus sign entities; discussed below).

Hyphen (architecture)

In architecture, a hyphen is a connecting link between two larger building elements. It is typically found in Palladian architecture, where the hyphens form connections between a large corps de logis and terminating pavilions.

Hyphen (disambiguation)

Hyphen may refer to:

  • Hyphen, a punctuation mark
  • Hyphen-minus
  • Hyphen (video game), an action/puzzle game created by FarSpace Studios
  • Hyphen (mHablen e), an Asian-American magazine
  • Hyphen (fanzine), a science fiction fanzine
  • Hyphen (architecture), an architectural element
  • Ryan Rowland-Smith, a pitcher for the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball whose nickname is Hyphen
Hyphen (magazine)

Hyphen is an American magazine, produced three times a year by a volunteer staff; it is a not-for-profit organization. It was founded in 2002 by a group of San Francisco Bay Area journalists, activists, and artists including Melissa Hung, a former reporter for the Houston Press and East Bay Express; Claire Light, former program manager for Kearny Street Workshop; Yuki Tessitore, of '' Mother Jones; '' Mia Nakano, photojournalist, and filmmaker Jennifer Huang. Stefanie Liang, a graphic designer from Red Herring magazine joined the staff as artistic director before the publication of the first issue. Its advisory board includes notable Asian American journalists such as Helen Zia and Nguyen Qui Duc, the host of Pacific Time. The first issue was released in June 2003. Hyphen is one of several Asian American media ventures created in the wake of A Magazine's demise.

Shortly after its release, the publication was sharply criticized by AsianWeek columnist Emil Guillermo who theorized that Hyphen's young editors were arrogant, ashamed of their Asian heritage, and disrespectful of existing ethnic media in his weekly column. He later said that he had not actually read the magazine.

The magazine's first issue contained a story package on the history of Asian American community activism. Its content is decidedly to the left, feminist, and non-mainstream. Its coverage includes politics, arts, and pop culture.

In 2004, the magazine was nominated for an Utne Independent Press Award for Best New Title. In January 2006, Hyphen's Body Issue won the Independent Press Association's Best Cover award for an image of an Asian American man, Yusuke Miyashita, partially submerged in a bathtub full of edamame. Mr. Hyphen, a pageant created by the magazine to showcase more positive images of Asian American men, debuted in May 2006. In the fall of 2007, the magazine received its second nomination for an Utne Independent Press Award, this time for Best Design.

Started in 2007, Hyphen Magazine partnered with The Asian American Writers' Workshop to start a short story contest called the Hyphen Asian American Short Story Contest, the only national, pan-Asian American writing competition of its kind Previous winners include Preeta Samarasan, Sunil Yapa, Shivani Manghnani, and Timothy Tau. Previous judges include Porochista Khakpour, Yiyun Li, Alexander Chee, Jaed Coffin, Brian Leung, Monique Truong and Monica Ferrell.

On May 5, 2010, Hyphen and the Asian American Action Fund announced a cross-posting partnership.

Hyphen (fanzine)

Hyphen was an Irish science fiction fanzine published from 1952-1965 by Walt Willis in collaboration with James White, Bob Shaw and various others (Chuck Harris, Vincent Clarke, Arthur Thomson, Ian McAuley and Madeleine Willis). Over that period, they published 36 issues (one including a separate 'Literary Supplement'). In addition, a 37th issue was created by the Willises in 1987 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Irish science fiction fandom. Hyphen was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Fanzine in 1957 and 1959; and for the 1954 Retro Hugo (In 1958 editor Willis was awarded 1958 Hugo Award as 'Outstanding Actifan' [active fan], which replaced the Best Fanzine category that year.)

Hyphen was considered one of the pivotal fanzines of its era for its humour and wit contributed by writers such as Willis and illustrators such as Thomson (aka 'ATom'). Science fiction fan, critic and author Damon Knight wrote in a letter of comment on issue #10: The reason Hyphen is so good, I take it, apart from the accidental assemblage of half a dozen geniuses in Britain, and the reason so many serious and constructive fanzines are so ghastly dull, is that the former is an original contribution, and the latter are self-consciously second-hand. I would like you to ponder this thought though, if it hasn't already occurred to you: it's exactly the fun-loving fanzines like Hyphen, Bradbury's Futuria Fantasia, and Snide (not a plug—the mag's 2nd and final issue was published 14 years ago) which have profoundly influenced science fiction."

Usage examples of "hyphen".

Sometimes he listed them as we do here, with a hyphen where the ending is to follow, e.

When I discovered a week ago that I could make a true dash by employing the alt key with the hyphen, it was truly one of the red-letter days of my life.

Meanwhile, the distinction between the big bold dash and its little brother the hyphen is evidently blurring these days, and requires explanation.

With astonishing speed, the third alternative is just disappearing, and I have heard that people with double-barrelled names are simply unable to get the concept across these days, because so few people on the other end of a telephone know what a hyphen is.

One of the main uses of the hyphen, of course, is to indicate that a word is unfinished and continues on the next line.

When two or more words are combined to form a compound adjective, a hyphen is usually required.

Obviously, we ask too much of a hyphen when we ask it to cast its spell over words it does not adjoin.

Her rather small lips were set in a bright red hyphen that curved downward just enough at one corner to allow itself to be read as a smirk of amusement, from which she herself was not exempted, at the surrounding tableau of human vanity.

Her face was long, her chin pointed, and her mouth a bright red hyphen, downturned at one corner in a saucy little smirk.

Americans live and like their beverages with a hyphen in it, because, Mawruss, where a hundred per cent.

Hotshot With a Hyphen was the meanest woman Staci Ellen had had the misfortune to meet in all her born days.

State assault-bit, was disastrously involved with one Pamela Hoffman-Jeep, his first girl ever with a hyphen, a sort of upscale but directionless and not very healthy and pale and incredibly passive Danvers girl that worked in Purchasing for a hospital-supply co.

Carefully placed hyphens do not always save the day, however, as I recently had good reason to learn.

It is still necessary to use hyphens when spelling outnumbers, such as thirty-two, forty-nine.

But in our newspapers the compounding-disease lingers a little to the present day, but with the hyphens left out, in the German fashion.